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Kyle hails another Carrick coup

Rugby legend Dr Jack Kyle yesterday launched the Guinness Carrick Sevens 2010, along with Ulster stars Timoci Nagusa and Clinton Schifcofske

Ulster's Premier Sevens Rugby tournament returns in April, for the 38th time.

“Its a great privilege to be in Carrickfergus as a representative of Wooden Spoon,” he said.

“I would like to wish Carrickfergus RFC tremendous success with their sevens tournament. And I'm impressed with such a fantastic achievement of them being able to attract so many teams from across the British Isles.”

Now the largest annual festival of rugby in Ulster, 700 men and women from across Britain and Ireland will be competing for a total prize fund of £7,600, along with team sportswear.

The tournament gets under way on Friday April 30 with the Kukri Sportswear Under 19s when 12 sides will be competing for the Everest Trophy, including English representatives Surrey Colts who will be defending their title and regular visitors Telford College from Edinburgh.

Locals Grosvenor and BHSFP may have something to say about that, with Carrickfergus looking to cause a few upsets following a successful season at that level, while Wreckin Ball and the Wild Cats who are drawn from Carrick Grammar and BRA respectively, might be the teams to watch.

The Guinness Open will take place on Saturday May 1 with an incredible 32 sides taking part, including last years champions, Wooden Spoon who will be looking to hold onto the Holmes Trophy for a third time.

They will face stiff competition from several top Scottish sides including QM Titans. With 30 of the 64 teams travelling from across the British Isles, 2010 is certainly shaping up to make the Guinness Carrick Sevens a resounding success.

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