Boroughmuir strengthened by pros for Melrose Sevens

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Boroughmuir have been boosted by the availability of Scotland Sevens stalwart Andrew Turnbull and Edinburgh Rugby’s Jade Te Rure as six Capital clubs get set to head to the Melrose Sevens tomorrow.

The Meggetland men are joined in the draw by Watsonians, Stewart’s Melville, Edinburgh Accies, Heriot’s and Currie as an amateur club aims to win the world famous event at The Greenyards for the first time since 2011.

Muir got their sevens season off to quite a good start at Gala last week, reaching the semi-finals and, with the majority players who are likely to be involved in the BT Cup final next weekend not considered for the trip to the Borders, it has given others a chance to shine.

As they get ready for a first round tie with Watsonians, the likes of Greg Cannie and Neil Rodger are joined in the Boroughmuir squad by pros Turnbull and Te Rure.

Turnbull, pictured, who used to play for Watsonians when he was younger, may have just turned 33, but he still has great pace and over the years has scored 151 tries for Scotland Sevens in World Series events. Te Rure, the former New Zealand under-20 cap, is likely to be a good playmaker for Muir too.

The side’s coach Kevin Brown said: “The guys are looking forward to it. The pool format at Gala helped us get a few ties under our belts and having Andrew and Jade around has been good for the group.”

Brown himself has fond memories of the Melrose Sevens, having been part of the Boroughmuir squad that won the event back in 2002.

Since then Heriot’s have reached the final nine years ago, but no other Capital side has lifted the trophy.

The winner of the Muir-Watsonians tie faces Hawick in round two.

Stewart’s Melville face Ayr, Heriot’s face a tricky tie against Gala Sevens finalists Jed-Forest and Currie take on Selkirk.

Having reached the final last year, Edinburgh Accies will be hopeful of another good run this time around and in round two they await the winners of the Kelso-Langholm tie.

The event starts at 11.30am.