BLUE Bulldogs winger Bruce Colvine revealed his delight at showing off his talents at the Secure Trading 24/Sevens national finals.

The 26-year-old, from Melrose, was taking part in the competition that saw some of the best regional rugby sevens players battle it out at The Rec, home to Premiership Rugby side Bath.

The Bulldogs progressed impressively through the group stages before being knocked out by the Honey Badgers in the final four at the iconic stadium.

But despite not winning the competition, Colvine was thrilled to get the chance to run out on the hallowed Rec turf.

He said: “We have really enjoyed it, it has been a real eye opener. It’s a beautiful venue and a picturesque setting. Getting to play on the main pitch at the Rec has been an unbelievable experience.

“We’re a good team and we’ve played some tough games but it was a great experience. We hoped to win but we take away all the positives of the tournament nonetheless.

“The standard has been really high, we’re into our pre-season with our home clubs but it’s been very full on and it’s great to play in.”

Hailing from the birthplace of sevens rugby, Colvine admitted he loves any opportunity he gets to take part in a sevens competition.

The Scotsman added: “It’s a fantastic tournament to be a part of and a great sport, you get to travel to a lot of places and ultimately transfer your skills into the 15s.

“You get more time on the ball to express yourself a bit more than in the 15s, I think the pace of it as well is relentless.

“Being a Melrose boy and coming from where it’s invented as well, is brilliant. It has a real piece of my heart devoted to it and I really enjoy playing it.”

Secure Trading 24/Sevens, is an exciting grassroots sevens competition run by England Rugby. For more information on the Secure Trading 24/Sevens series and ways to get involved in rugby sevens, go to