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7 Facts About Rugby 7s

Next weekend (May 3 & 4) sees the Rugby 7s circus roll into town – courtesy of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Organisers are promising a weekend not just of rugby but of entertainment and fun too – with spectators encouraged to wear fancy dress for the occasion (the theme is the circus).

The sense of fun is perfectly appropriate as the short version of the game was invented as a crowd pleaser – to raise funds for Melrose RFC. With SPT helping to organise a shuttle bus service to the event, here’s 7 Facts About Rugby 7s.

  1. The game has its origins here in Scotland, in the Borders, 1883, when a local butcher and keen Rugby Union player Ned Haig proposed a short version of the full game as a fundraising idea for his local club, Melrose RFC.
  2. The first tournament took place on April 28, 1883 at Greenyards, Melrose. Eight teams competed with Melrose beating Gala in the final.
  3. Matches last just 15 minutes – two halves of seven minutes plus a minute break – played on a full sized rugby pitch. Teams have three forwards and four backs plus five replacements. Draws aren’t allowed with extra time played to settle ties.
  4. 7s went international in 1973 with a tournament at Murrayfield to celebrate the SRU’s centenary. This was followed by the inauguration of the Hong Kong Sevens in 1976 which remains one of the sport’s most prestigious tournaments.

  5. The Hong Kong event, along with this weekend’s tournament at Scotstoun in Glasgow, is now part of the IRB World Series. It has been dominated by New Zealand – who have been champions in 11 out of 14 seasons.
  6. The Rugby World Cup Sevens was first held in Scotland in 1993 when England were victorious.

    Fiji and current champions New Zealand have both won the tournament twice. A women’s tournament was inaugurated in 2009.

  7. Rugby Sevens will feature at the Olympics for the first time in 2016 with 12 teams competing for the gold. And of course the sport will be a feature of the Commonwealth Games here later this summer, with 16 top rugby nations competing for the medals.

Shuttle Services to Rugby 7s

Buchanan Bus Station to Scotstoun Shuttle (Stagecoach)

Saturday 3 May 2014
Max service level of every 4 to 5 minutes departing Buchanan Bus Station between 0945 & 1500 using 10 buses, then every 15 minutes to 1900 using 3 buses, then 10 buses from 1900 approx until 2100 approx.

Sunday 4 May 2014
Max service level of every 4 to 5 minutes departing Buchanan between 0945 and 1500 using 10 buses, then every 15 minutes to 1900 using 3 buses, then 10 buses from 1900 approx until 2130 approx.

Partick to Scotstoun (Stagecoach)

Saturday 3 May 2014
Max service level of every 4 to 5 minutes departing Partick Interchange between 0945 & 1500 using 4 buses, then every 15/20 mins to 1900 using 2 buses, then 4 buses from 1900 approx until 2100 approx.

Sunday 4 May 2014
Max service level of every 4 to 5 mins departing Partick Interchange between 0945 & 1500 using 4 buses, then every 15/20 mins to 1900 using 2 buses, then 4 buses from 1900 approx until 2130 approx.

GTG Parking Area to Scotstoun (Gibson Direct)

Max service level of every 15 mins departing GTG Parking Area between 0945 & 2100 using 1 bus.

Scotstoun to Partick or Buchanan Bus Station (First)

20 buses from 1900 to 2100 approx operating every few minutes between Scotstoun and Killermont St for Buchanan Bus Station or to Partick Interchange.

For further information about other shuttle services and the Rugby 7’s weekend itself, please visit Glasgow Life’s Rugby 7s page.