STIRLING COUNTY RFC is gearing up for the world's oldest rugby sevens tournament next month.

The local club will be competing against teams from across the country as well as from further afield including Romania, Poland and the USA at the Melrose Sevens on April 14.

Scores of spectators are expected for the event, now in its 128th year.

The sevens format was conceived in Melrose more than a century ago by local butcher Ned Haig as a fundraiser for his local side.

Fast-forward 100 years, it has now made it into the Olympics with its faster pace and often high-scoring matches.

This year's title sponsor is Aberdeen Standard Investments.

Joint chief executive Martin Gilbert said: “Nothing can diminish the atmosphere and drama of the Melrose Sevens and it is of little wonder that thousands of spectators from around the world make the annual journey to the home of rugby sevens.

“But it’s more than rugby – not only does the event attract high calibre players both local and international, but it is a day of fun and entertainment and the buzz at The Greenyards will be electric.

“Aberdeen is proud to be associated with this tournament’s fantastic history and reputation, particularly at a time when rugby sevens continues to grow in popularity across the globe.”