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Middle School Rugby Continues Tradition The Gathering


Rugby has been a growing sport in New Brunswick.  The Gathering of the Scots has embraced the rugby community and sparked immense interest in the sport. Many have heard of rugby, but few understand it, so patrons to the Gathering of the Scots are eager to watch this action packed sport.

The Gathering of the Scots is the perfect venue for showcasing the roots of rugby sevens.  Rugby Sevens was invented in Melrose, Scotland.  Sevens tournaments are traditionally known for having more of a relaxed atmosphere than fifteen-a-side games, and are often known as "festivals".  The reduced field size and festive atmosphere provide a wonderful opportunity for players and fans alike to enjoy a sport played by Gentlemen and Ladies.

Eight co-ed middle school teams from across the province will participate for the chance to bring the traditional rugby Cup, Plate or Bowl award back to their school.
As an extra exhibition, teams will also compete in a tug-of-war competition and participate in the mid-day parade of clans.

The action begins early in the morning and proceeds throughout the entire day.

Look for the dust clouds over the festival grounds – the rugby will be very close at hand!



• 12 players per team max

• 7 players on the field (must include at least 1 female at all times, if no female available then you must play short) • Player must currently be in grade 6, 7 or 8


• Each game will be two 7 minute halves with a one minute break at half

• Each try is worth 7 points (no extra point kicks)

• No kicking other than starts and restarts

• Field size is smaller than a regulation field due to location (These things are unique to the GOS)


• Each win = 2 points

• Each draw = 1 point

• Trophies (cup=1st, plate=2nd, bowl=3rd) awarded to the top three finishers,

• Tie Breakers: head to head, points For/Against differential, points for.