A Cayman Islands sevens rugby team is to compete once again at the Davidson Chalmers Melrose Sevens Veterans Tournament in Scotland, the ‘home’ of the abbreviated game around the world.
The Cayman side, back for the fourth time, will face stiff opposition from Scottish club sides and invitational teams from South Africa and for the first time, Tyndale, the English rugby club which hosted the first sevens tournament south of the border in 1894.
The veterans’ tournament, on 8 April, is now in its fourth year and consists of teams of ten players, with clubs eliminated being entered into subsidiary bowl and plate events.
The South African side is The Hamilton Dynamiters, the veterans section of the Hamilton club, which is also defending its 2010 title the day afterwards – the first international side to have entered both the main and veterans’ competitions.
Scottish teams taking part in the event are Orkney, Morgan Old Blacks, Edinburgh Accies, Melrose, Islay, Madras, North Berwick and Glasgow Hawks.
Last year, the Davidson Chalmers Melrose Sevens Veterans Tournament was won by Melrose, the Bowl by Madras College, and the Plate by Glasgow Hawks.
Among former international players who took to the field in 2010 were Doddie Weir and Cammie Murray (both Melrose) and Graeme Shiel (Edinburgh Accies).
This year will also feature a number of former internationalists – including Tony Elliot, who played for the Cayman Islands’ national team for over ten years.