Scotland 7s

The Scotland 7s team plays all year round, in the IRB's HSBC Sevens World series Each year, one leg of the series takes place in Scotland, at the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s

The game of rugby sevens was invented in the Scottish border town of Melrose when a local butcher, Ned Haig, was looking to raise much needed funds for Melrose Rugby Club.

It has grown from those humble roots to become a global phenomenon and, as well as being a core sport at the Commonwealth Games has now achieved Olympic status.

The game is played on a standard rugby pitch with matches lasting seven minutes per half. This makes for exciting competitions, where several matches are contested in a single day. Sevens tournaments have a party atmosphere, as rugby fans from around the world try to outdo each other in outlandish fancy dress.

Rugby Sevens will be one of the events in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and thanks to its newly gained Olympic status will also feature in the 2016 Olympic Games  in Rio de Janeiro.