Ned Haig

Born: 7 December 1858, Jedburgh
Played club rugby: Melrose RFC
Played provincial rugby: South of Scotland
Died: 28 March 1939, Melrose

Ned Haig

Ned Haig is credited with inventing Sevens rugby. It was Haig, as captain of the Melrose side, and his fellow player David Sanderson [also Haig’s boss outwith rugby] that came up with the idea of a Sevens tournament to raise monies for the club.

The Southern Reporter of 6 April 1939 reported Haig’s death and gives an account of his life:

A memorial to Haig was later built to commemorate him by the Borders rugby clubs. The Berwick Advertiser of 25 July 1940 reporting:

MEMORIAL TO NED HAIG At the annual meeting of the Melrose Club it was reported that the Secretary had for some time past been in communication with the other Border clubs in regard to the suggested erection of memorial stone to the late Ned Haig, (the originator of the sevens game, and as a result a stone will shortly be erected in the Wairds Cemetery, where Haig is buried, the cost of which is being borne all the clubs in the Borders. The stone is in the form of a Celtic Cross, suitably inscribed, and on the base of which is the following inscription: ‘Erected the Border Rugby clubs in memory of the originator of the seven-a-side game.’

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