Stuart Hogg called to Scotland squad for Commonwealth Games
Glasgow Warriors full-back Stuart Hogg is called up to Scotland's Sevens squad for Commonwealth Games
Glasgow Warriors full-back Stuart Hogg has been called to the Scotland squad to compete in the Rugby Sevens event at Commonwealth Games.
The 22-year-old, who scored two tries on Scotland’s four-match summer tour last month, replaces injured team-mate Tommy Seymour, who will miss the Glasgow event with a neck injury.
His game understanding, along with the skills he has developed as a professional, will, I am sure, prove a strong addition to our existing playing group
“It is disappointing to lose Tommy,” said coach Stephen Gemmell. “However I’m delighted to be able to bring in a player of Stuart Hogg’s calibre into our Commonwealth Games squad and would like to thank Team Scotland, Scottish Rugby and Glasgow Warriors in helping make this selection happen.”
Capped, 24 times for the senior national side, Hogg has limited experience of Sevens rugby, but Gemmell believes that his squad will not be weakened by Hogg’s call-up despite less than four weeks to go until the Rugby Sevens competition takes place at Ibrox on 26-27 July.
“Stuart is somebody who has shown at every level of his XVs career what he is capable of,” he added. “He is a player who excites fans and he has shown time and time again he can contribute significantly in both attack and defence.
“Though he has not yet played international sevens he comes from a background in the Borders that has been heavily influenced by the abbreviated game.
“His game understanding, along with the skills he has developed as a professional, will, I am sure, prove a strong addition to our existing playing group.
I’m excited about him joining the squad and contributing to a successful performance at Ibrox.”
Scotland 7s will join IRB Sevens World Series opponents England, Wales and Kenya in competing at the Sevens and the City event—which features a further 12 invitational clubs—at Saracens’ Allianz Park home on Saturday 12 July.
Team Scotland: Richie Vernon (Glasgow Warriors), James Eddie (Glasgow Warriors), James Johnstone (Scotland 7s), Roddy Grant (Edinburgh Rugby), Scott Riddell (Scotland 7s), Colin Shaw (Scotland 7s), Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Colin Gregor (Scotland 7s), Scott Wight (Scotland 7s), Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors), Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors).