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Festive Sevens set to mark end of year at Highland Rugby Club


By Will Clark

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Highland Rugby Club locator January 2022. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Highland Rugby Club locator January 2022. Picture: James Mackenzie.

HIGHLAND Rugby Club will look to see in the new year when they hold their annual Festive Sevens scheduled to take place on Saturday.

A round robin tournament will take place at Canal Park which will close out 2023 and look ahead to 2024.

Players at the club will be taking part in the tournament as well as exiles who are back home for the festive season and anyone who wishes to join in.

As well as playing in the competition, the tournament is also a chance for a social occasion.

The club are also inviting coaches and team managers, across the entire club, to join in the festivities.

Highland head coach Dave Carson says it is an event which players, staff, officials and fans always look forward to and is inviting everyone to come down and join in to.

“Whoever wants to play in the tournament can, that includes students and people who are back home for the holidays,” said Carson.

“Just come and join in and it is always a good occasion.

“It is always a great event to get everyone together and is a good catch up.

“The tournament will be a round robin and we will mix the teams up and at the end the trophy will be presented to the winning team.

“We won’t know how many teams will be playing until the day, depending on how many people turn up. But we are expecting a good turnout of players.

“With people home for Christmas, it will be good for everyone to catchup.”

Highland are continuing training through the winter break in National One as they prepare to restart the season when they travel to champions Ayr on Saturday, January 6.

Ayr have secured the title before the end of the winter break and can’t be caught as they are 24 points ahead of second place Melrose with only four matches remaining this season.

Highland have had a good season as they find themselves in third place, but 28 points behind Ayr who have won every game during the campaign so far.

Only the champions are promoted to the Premiership and despite promotion being out of reach, Carson says they will look to claim second place with a strong finish to season.

“We will be training on Wednesday and Thursday before we head to Ayr on Saturday to make sure we get our prep done.

“We need to get back on the winning trail after running out of steam towards the end of the break.”

Anyone wishing to play in the tournament is asked to arrive at 12.30pm with play starting at 1pm.


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