WITH the rugby season proper coming to a close, sevens festivals are set to sweep Scotland within the month.
A mixture of social and elite teams are set to arrive in Giffnock on May 26 to compete in the Braidholm sevens.
The tournament will be split into an invite only section — which last year saw the arrival of eventual winners Leicester Tigers to the southside — and a open event.
More than half the spots for the open event have already been filled.
Tournament organiser, Rangi Jericevich — who is a winger for GHA’s first XV — said: “We originally launched the tournament as we felt that although there are some excellent club tournaments in Scotland, there are few that allow social and invitational sides to compete.
“That is a gap that we’ve tried to fill”.
“Clubs sides are of course more than welcome to enter also and last year saw Ardrossan Accies make it all the way to the open final, only to be beaten by The Bal Rams, a mixture of boys from Biggar, GHK and Boroughmuir.
“It’s this mixture of teams that helps make the tournament both exciting and unpredictable.
“Last year we also launched an elite event which was won by the Leicester Tigers Academy who defeated the Glasgow Hawks in the final so we cater for sides of all standards.
“With the Scottish leg the IRB 7s being moved to Glasgow this year, we hope that Braidholm will help to continue to build the popularity of 7s rugby in the Glasgow area as the city looks forward to hosting the Commonwealth Games Tournament in 2014”.
Registration for the Braidholm 7s is now open via the tournament website — www.braidholm7s.co.uk.