Glasgow’s premier rugby tournament, the NCS Glasgow City Sevens, returns next month with an explosive mix of some of the top club sides from across Great Britain and Europe.
Scotland and Glasgow Warriors centre Max Evans joined team-mate and current Scotland sevens star Peter Horne and NCS Glasgow City Sevens tournament director Brian Gervaise at Cartha Queen’s Park Rugby Club today (Thursday 14 April) to unveil details of this year’s event.
The NCS Glasgow City Sevens will take place at Cartha Queen’s Park on Saturday 14 May and feature 16 clubs including sides from the Aviva Premiership and Magners League. Among those taking part are defending champions Glasgow Hawks, Glasgow Warriors, London Wasps, Ospreys, Ulster Rugby and Swedish Vikings, giving the tournament a real European flavour.
Speaking at the launch Max Evans said: “Sevens has played a huge part in my career so it’s fantastic to see such a terrific event attracting so many big names in the professional and club game. I really enjoy playing and watching sevens because it’s such a fast and high-scoring version of rugby and I’m sure all those that head along to the Glasgow City Sevens will have a great day out.”
Discounted advance tickets for the City Sevens, costing £7.50 for adults, are available from www.pslteamsports.com
. On the day ticket prices will be £10 for adults. All under-18s go free.
The NCS Glasgow City Sevens is now in its 7th year and is delivered in partnership between Cartha Queen’s Park Rugby Club and Glasgow Life on behalf of the city of Glasgow. It forms part of the city’s Commonwealth Games legacy programme.
Around 1,500 spectators packed into Cartha Queen’s Park Rugby Club for last year’s City Sevens. And in keeping with the event’s family-friendly tradition there will be a barbecue, bouncy castle and a range of other children’s entertainment on the day itself. This year’s event will feature the four finalists from the NCS Glasgow City Sevens Under-15s Tournament, who will have battled through a qualifying event at the same venue on Sunday 1 May.
Tournament director Brian Gervaise said: “Every year the quality of the competition gets better and better at the Glasgow City Sevens and this year we are looking forward to welcoming sides from some of rugby’s top leagues as well as a strong local contingent including the defending champions Glasgow Hawks.
“Rugby sevens is widely regarded as one of the most exciting sports and is played at a frantic pace, requiring great skill and touch. As well as holding a great appeal for rugby fans, the Glasgow City Sevens is also hugely popular with the wider community and we will once again be hosting a range of fantastic attractions for all age groups.”
Councillor Archie Graham, the Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, said: “The Glasgow City Sevens is a fantastic showcase of some of the best sevens rugby in Scotland and promises to be a superb day out for all the family.
“Every year it features some of the best players in the country, which is helping generate a real sense of excitement about rugby sevens ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. And with the added excitement of the finals of the Under-15s tournament on the same day, it is sure to be a day of genuine first-class rugby.”
The NCS Glasgow City Sevens is part of the new Legacy Sevens Series, which has been launched this year as part of the city’s legacy programme for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Legacy Sevens Series brings together the already established rugby sevens competitions at Stirling County (Saturday 23 April), Boroughmuir in Edinburgh (Friday 29 April) Howe of Fife in Cupar, Fife (Saturday 7 May) and Glasgow City (Saturday 14 May). The winner of the series will be the Scottish side that accumulates the most points across all four events.
Rugby sevens is a core sport at the Commonwealth Games and has been identified as a key sport for development ahead of Glasgow 2014. It will also feature at the Youth Commonwealth Games on the Isle of Man this summer and is being re-admitted to the Olympic movement at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The Legacy Sevens Series is backed by Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, Scottish Rugby and rugby clubs across Scotland. It will assist player development and increase awareness of rugby sevens ahead of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.