London Scottish Lions seek to retain Centenary Cup at Greenyards

THE defending Scottish Lions champions London return to the Greenyards on Saturday in the hope of retaining the Centenary Cup their combined side won in 2019.

Lions president Ian MacFarlane-Bowman is looking forward to participating and hopes it will cap off an unbeaten season.

He said: “We are extremely excited for the upcoming Melrose Sevens and for London Scottish Club to have the opportunity to defend the title. Hopefully it caps another unbeaten season for the Lions – as we progress through the English league. We are honored to be part of the event and to have the chance to fly our club’s flag.

Also participating by invitation is the British Army who hope to bring a “military rocket ship” and give the crowds a “show of seven” in anticipation of reaching the final when they return to Melrose in April.

British Army

UK Army Director of Rugby Sevens, Major Jon Lord, added: “Having competed in the House of Sevens for the first time in 2019, we know only too well the prestige this competition holds for the community. rugby, with Melrose sevens continuing to attract fantastic teams from around the world; This year is no exception. Army athletes continue to be ‘soldiers first, athletes second’ and it is always a privilege for our soldiers to be selected to represent the British Army Rugby Red Shirt; doing it at Melrose will indeed be a special experience.

He continued: “Rugby develops and enhances the basic attributes necessary for an effective soldier; teamwork, resilience, respect, discipline, courage to name a few, and underpinned by our own values ​​and standards provide a recipe for success on the rugby pitch as well as on the field of battle. Returning to rugby last year, struggling with our civilian counterparts to get back on the rugby pitch in the wake of COVID, the British Army enjoyed a successful season and some close games against excellent opposition. It’s an honor to be invited back to Melrose and to compete against a truly outstanding roster. We are confident, with the help of our opponents, that we can light up the rugby pitch with explosive and enjoyable rugby.

Charles P. Patton