The annual Peebles RFC started in 1923 as a fundraising event to provide finance for the following season. Walkerburn RFC won the inaugural 7s and went on to take the cup for many of the early tournaments, but it seemed that Peebles were destined never to win this prestigious event. However that changed in 1992 when Peebles won the cup and Gordon Wilson won the Man of the Tournament award. Peebles went on to win again in 2001, 2002 and more recently in 2011.
The Peebles Tournament was always of a high quality. Most of the senior sides sent their best 7 to Hawick and their 2nd 7 to Peebles in days of Saturday only games, and it was seldom that there was not an international player or two that attended or played.
In recent years, the Tournament moved from Hay Lodge Park to a new home at the Gytes, which is one of 2 custom built rugby pitches in the Borders. Peebles now participate in the Kings of the Sevens Tournament hosted annually at the grounds of the top Borders Clubs during April and May.
The Peebles Sevens, held on a Sunday in April is well known as a family day event with interests and activities available for all ages during the afternoon along with the main event, the winning of the captains’ Cup.
A similar annual event is held for the colts (U18) earlier in April.
Rugby sevens, also known as seven-a-side or VIIs, is a variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of seven players, instead of the usual 15, with shorter matches. Rugby sevens is administered by the International Rugby Board (IRB), the body responsible for rugby union worldwide. The game originated in Melrose, Scotland, where the Melrose Sevens tournament is still played annually. The game is popular at all levels, with amateur and club tournaments generally held in the summer months. Sevens is one of the most well distributed forms of rugby, and is popular in parts of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and especially in the South Pacific
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