Scotland beef up for Glasgow Sevens
Scotland Sevens head coach Graham Shiel has named an experienced squad of 12 players to compete at the inaugural Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens this weekend, at Scotstoun on 5-6 May.
Scotland A stars John Houston and Jim Thompson are recalled alongside Scott Riddell and Struan Dewar. They join captain Colin Gregor, the country's top try-scorer Andrew Turnbull and six of the youngsters who have competed throughout the HSBC Sevens World Series.
“Having 18 players to select from is one of the first times we have had such depth to our squad this season, but it has made selecting the 12 very difficult as everyone involved has merited selection," said Shiel.
“I have selected players on their current form and in terms of how they are performing in their position, so we have the strongest team right across the field, creating the right balance to the team.
“The majority of the 12 have been involved at some stage on the circuit this year, therefore I believe we have a team that will draw from current experiences and who have a hunger to move forward in the competition.
“We also welcome Edinburgh Rugby’s John Houston and Jim Thompson. They both have an understanding of the circuit and have fantastic Sevens knowledge.
“As well as John and Jim we have Scott Riddell and Struan Dewar back in the side. Struan has had a tough season with injury but he has worked hard to get back to full fitness and his ability and experience are hugely important to our performance. Scott is one of Scotland’s most recognised Sevens specialists and he always performs to the highest level so we’re delighted to have him back.”
On day one in pool play the Scots will take on Wales, South Africa and Russia and are setting their sights on a first Cup quarter-final of the season.
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Scotland squad: Colin Gregor (Scotland 7s), Andrew Turnbull (Scotland 7s), Mark Robertson (Scotland 7s), Struan Dewar (Scotland 7s), James Fleming (Scotland 7s), John Houston (Edinburgh Rugby), Jim Thompson (Edinburgh Rugby), Michael Fedo (Team Northumbria), *Ross Miller (Glasgow Hawks), Sean Kennedy (Stirling County), Adam Ashe (Stirling County).
South Africa forced to make changes
South Africa Sevens coach Paul Treu has been forced to make six changes to the side that did duty in Hong Kong and Japan as his side prepares for the final two rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Scotland and England.
Cecil Afrika, Paul Delport and Boom Prinsloo are among those unavailable, while there is a recall for utility back Philip Burger, whose last appearance for the Blitzbokke was in 2007.
“We have got to accept it, deal with it and move on," said coach Paul Treu. "The newcomers adapted all very quickly and I am both excited and looking forward to seeing them play. The UK events will be tough because there have been so many tournaments winners already this season."
Of the 14 players named, Cheslin Kolbe and Ryan Nell are junior players travelling with the squad as back-up and to gain touring experience.
Springbok Sevens wider squad: Chris Dry, Okkie Kruger, Frankie Horne, Pieter Engelbrecht, Cornal Hendricks, Kyle Brown (captain), Branco du Preez, Jamba Ulengo, Clayton Blommetjies, Philip Burger, Steven Hunt, Stephan Dippenaar, Cheslin Kolbe, Ryan Nell.
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