Saracens will be heading to Scotland on Saturday to defend their crown at the prestigious Melrose 7s.
Under the guidance of home town player Kelly Brown last season, Sarries lifted the trophy and will once again sending a squad to compete at the event.
The Melrose 7s has traditionally had guest teams coming from far and near. Previous years have included guests from Randwick and Manly in Australia, Bay of Plenty from New Zealand, University of Free State and Stellenbosch from South Africa, and this year, Saracens will be playing Clermont Auvergne, India and Worcester among others.
Academy Coach Joe Shaw will take charge of the squad.
“We want to go up there and give a good account of ourselves,” said Shaw. “Melrose has a rich tradition in terms of the 7s format, and as we are holders of the competition we have put together another strong squad this year, and we are looking forward to defending our title.”
He added. “What we’ve got is a really good mix of experienced players and some really exciting up and coming players. Having the likes of Joe Maddock, Andy Saull, James Short and of course Nils Mordt who has represented England at Sevens level, mixed in with exciting young players such as Nick Tompkins, Nathan Earle, Tom Jubb and Scott Spurling gives a good blend in the squad. There will 10,000 people up there and I’m sure it will be a great atmosphere, so we want to put a good show on and hopefully come away with the title again.”
Saracens squad for Melrose 7s
Tom Jubb, Andy Saull, Scott Spurling, Hayden Stringer, Jack Wilson, Nathan Earle, Joe Maddock, Nils Mordt, Aaron Morris, James Short, Ben Spencer, Nick Tompkins.
The tournament starts at 11.30am with Saracens starting the defence of their title by playing the winners of the first round clash between Dundee and Peebles.
You can watch the event on the live on the BBC website.