Cairnhill announced as new partner of 2019 Melrose Sevens

Steel firm has also taken on the naming rights of the The Greenyards' grandstand

Cairnhill Melrose Sevens
Fraser Thomson (player), Neil Watson (Cairnhill Managing Director), Doddie Weir, Rob Chrystie (Melrose Head Coach, Russell Anderson (player) launch Cairnhill's new partnership deal with Melrose RFC

MELROSE have announced that Cairnhill – the Coatbridge based steel solutions firm with a turnover of £20 million – are a new partner of their world famous Sevens tournament for 2019.

Cairnhill work throughout the UK offering a range of steel solutions to complex engineering and construction projects.  The main stand at Melrose’s iconic home ground – The Greenyards – will also be renamed the Cairnhill Steel Solutions Stand as part of the deal, with the company’s logo appearing on Melrose’s kit during their own Sevens event and at a number of other tournaments.



Former Melrose star and current national treasure, Doddie Weir, welcomed the new partnership.

“The Melrose Sevens has a place in the history of our great game, giving this sport to the world, a sport which that has now been enjoyed at Olympic and Commonwealth Games level, and across the planet with the World Rugby Sevens Series – and all from the most humble of origins, put together not by some sporting entrepreneur but by a local butcher,” he said.

“The Melrose Sevens also holds a significant place in my rugby career, right up there with anything I ever achieved in the game, having been fortunate enough to win the Ladies Cup back in 1993 – not with Melrose, but for the Co-Optimists select team that also included Gregor Townsend, the current Scotland coach.”

“Since retiring, I have been fortunate enough to maintain my connections with the Sevens through my broadcasting work with BBC Scotland, and I look forward to all parties enjoying continued success in the future thanks to this generous sponsorship.”


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Melrose RFC President Douglas Hardie said: “With their emphasis on junior rugby and the event, the company is a perfect fit at The Greenyards.”

Melrose Director of Rugby Mike Dalgetty added: “Working with a forward thinking and progressive company like Cairnhill is a great opportunity for us, not only for Melrose Sevens but hopefully with other areas at the club in the future. It is important for us to develop our commercial presence with companies who support Scottish Rugby at all levels and Cairnhill certainly fall into that category.”

Neil Watson, Cairnhill’s Managing Director, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to the Melrose President Douglas Hardie and Director of Rugby Mike Dalgetty for making this possible. A special thanks should also go to Doddie Weir for his support and collaboration on this new partnership. Melrose is the home of Rugby Sevens and to be able to play a small part in this historic event is fantastic. Melrose have always played an exciting brand of rugby and are to be congratulated on the work they do with their minis and junior section. I’m looking forward to developing our relationship with Melrose RFC and continuing to help where we can with youth rugby, not only within Scotland, but in the UK as a whole.”

  • Cairnhill operate in a wide range of specialist sectors including: nuclear and power generation, bridge building and repair, oil and gas, Subsea, rail and civil engineering, light gauge steel framing systems, storage tanks and petrochemicals. The group has grown gradually over the years and currently turns over £20 million and employs around 150 people. Cairnhill and Watson Towers (Holdings) regularly appear in the Business Insider Top 300 SME list mapping considerable progress since they were originally established in 1971, their current position is 53.

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David Barnes
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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.

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