Sevens World Series: Scotland name squad for London 7s
Sevens World Series: Scotland name squad for final round at Twickenham this weekend
Stephen Gemmell has made six changes to his Scotland 7s squad for the final round of the HSBC Sevens World Series at Twickenham this weekend.
Less than 24 hours after Scotland secured their best result in the World Series since 2009 as they finished fourth in Glasgow, the Scotland head coach has opted for more Sevens specialists at the expense of the influx of 15s players who had featured in the last two rounds.
With the final round of the RaboDirect Pro12 regular season also taking place this weekend, out go Glasgow Warriors trio James Eddie, Richie Vernon and Lee Jones who all impressed at Scotstoun last weekend, while Edinburgh’s Nick de Luca—who isn’t expected play for his club again before his summer move to Biarritz—has also been dropped along with Alex Glashan and Chris Dean.
In their place come Sevens regulars James Fleming and Struan Dewar, who have been absent since the early rounds of the World Series, as well as Mark Robertson and Gregor Young.
“I made it clear to all the players involved during this fortnight that these two tournaments were important in their own right, but also for selection for the Commonwealth Games,” Gemmell said.
“I’m delighted by the support that Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors have given me, but I now want to take the opportunity to look at James and Struan, among others who have trained well and deserve a chance to show what they can do on the international stage.
“Our performance at the weekend will raise the expectation on the players coming in, but they know our structures and game plans and this is their chance to rise to the occasion and perform.”
Edinburgh full-back Jack Cuthbert joins Lewis Young in being the only uncapped player in the squad, but Gemmell believes the 26-year-old former Bath Academy graduate can make a mark in Sevens.
“In terms of Jack, he is a player I believe can add value to our squad,” he added. “He is a strong and powerful runner, with a good skill-set and has played well this year for Edinburgh Rugby.”
Scotland produced one of the upsets of the round as they defeated South Africa 12-10 in their Cup quarter-final, just their third win over the Blitzbokke and their first since 2010, and they’ll have a chance to do it again in London after being drawn with South Africa, France and Portugal.
“We have a series of very physical games coming up on Saturday,” Gemmell said. “This week we will fine tune our game plan and make sure all 12 players are ready to go come 10.28am on Saturday.”
Scotland open their campaign in London against France at 10:28 (BST) on Saturday before taking on Portugal at 13:34 and ending day one against South Africa at 17:22.
Scotland 7s squad for London: Scott Riddell, Colin Shaw, Gregor Young, Michael Maltman, Struan Dewar, Jack Cuthbert (Edinburgh Rugby), Colin Gregor (captain), Scott Wight (Glasgow Warriors), Mark Robertson, Lewis Young, Andrew Turnbull and James Fleming.