MELROSE RFC have clinched a stadium and kit sponsorship deal ahead of the 2019 Sevens tournament.

Coatbridge-based steel firm Cairnhill will have their logo on Melrose strips and the main stand at their Greenyards ground will be renamed the Cairnhill Steel Solutions Stand.

Melrose RFC President Douglas Hardie commented: “We are delighted to confirm that Cairnhill have agreed to be a sponsor at the sevens in 2019.

"With their emphasis on junior rugby and the event, the company is a perfect fit at The Greenyards.

"The specialist steel fabricator and contractor based in Coatbridge will become a partner and sponsor for the 2019 Melrose Sevens on April 13th and this will include the renaming of the main grandstand as the Cairnhill Steel Solutions Stand. 

"Cairnhill will also feature on the team’s playing jersey for the event and other sevens tournaments that Melrose take part in, including all rounds of Kings of the Sevens.”

The Sevens tournament will be held in April next year as Watsonians look to defend the title they won this term by beating the hosts 19-14 in a tight final.

Melrose legend Doddie Weir was on hand as the Cairnhill deal was announced and said: “The Melrose Sevens has a place in the history of our great game, giving this sport to the world, a sport which that has now been enjoyed at Olympic and Commonwealth Games level, and across the planet with the World Rugby Sevens Series – and all from the most humble of origins, put together not by some sporting entrepreneur but by a local butcher.

“The Melrose Sevens also holds a significant place in my rugby career, right up there with anything I ever achieved in the game, having been fortunate enough to win the Ladies Cup back in 1993 – not with Melrose, but for the Co-Optimists select team that also included Gregor Townsend, the current Scotland coach.

“Since retiring, I have been fortunate enough to maintain my connections with the Sevens through my broadcasting work with BBC Scotland, and I look forward to all parties enjoying continued success in the future thanks to this generous sponsorship.”