Sport

Celebrating Eric Liddell at Melrose Sevens

The University has partnered with the Eric Liddell 100 campaign to compete at the 2024 Melrose Sevens tournament.

Competing at the home of Sevens Rugby, in the 1883 Centenary Cup

After narrowly missing out in the in final against Durham University in the GoFibre Pre-Qualification Tournament during the 2023 Melrose Sevens weekend, Edinburgh University Mens Rugby will compete as an Eric Liddell 100 team against 23 of the best rugby sevens teams from across Scotland and beyond. Seven University players will  be joined by players from Bath Rugby, Northampton Saints, Edinburgh Rugby and Strathallan School.

Edinburgh University Mens Rugby Club players

  • Jarrod Binsted
  • Cam Macdonald
  • Freddie Nickals
  • Luc McNally-Drew
  • Benjamin Roger
  • Dylan Wilson
  • Fin Stewart

The team will also be coached by  Head of Performance Rugby (Men) Dave Adamson.

Eric was passionate about his beliefs, his sport, his work and doing the right thing. He upheld the highest of integrity, even under great pressure, and I hope that the team will be able to be inspired by his incredible achievements on the pitch.

Dave AdamsonHead of Performance Rugby (Men), The University of Edinburgh

Contesting the Mike Bleasdale Cup

There will also be representation from the University in the Mike Bleasdale Cup where a team made up of Edinburgh University Ladies Rugby Club players and players from other clubs will compete under the Eric Liddell 100 name.

John McMillan and Claire Cruikshank with Eric Liddell 100 Melrose 7s strip

Edinburgh University Ladies Rugby Club players

  • Millie Whitehouse 
  • Nicole Flynn 
  • Cieron Bell 
  • Abbe Bruce 
  • Hannah Walker 
  • Sarah Denholm 

As well as the six Edinburgh University players, the team will be led by University of Edinburgh's Head of Performance Rugby (Women), Claire Cruikshank. Claire will be joined on the sidelines by Edinburgh Rugby's Ross McCann, an Olympian and GB 7's player.

We're delighted to be competing in the Mike Bleasdale Cup and representing the Eric Liddell 100 campaign. It's a fantastic way to honour the memory of Eric and bring his legacy to life

Claire CruikshankHead of Performance Rugby (Women), The University of Edinburgh

About the Eric Liddell 100 Campaign

The Eric Liddell 100 is a programme of events and activities designed to recognise and celebrate the life, sporting, and community service achievements of one of Scotland’s most iconic figures – Eric Liddell. The programme has been planned around the centenary of his historic success at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.

We are delighted to have been invited to partner with Melrose Sevens in 2024 as part of The Eric Liddell 100 and The University of Edinburgh. Whilst predominately remembered for his achievements on the athletics track, Eric Liddell was a talented rugby player, winning seven caps for Scotland before he retired from the sport to focus on his running.

John MacMillanCEO ELC100

The initiative is being led by The Eric Liddell Community 100 to bring his achievements to life for everyone, and inspire new generations to make a positive impact on their community, their society and their world with the input and support of a wide range of partners, including Melrose Sevens and The University of Edinburgh.

About Melrose Sevens

Melrose Sevens is an annual rugby sevens event held by Melrose Rugby Club, at The Greenyards in Melrose. It is the oldest rugby sevens competition in the world dating back to 1883.

Related Information

The Eric Liddell 100 campaign (external site)

Melrose Sevens (external site)

Performance Rugby (women)

Performance Rugby (men)