Scotland aim to go three-in-a-row in London

Scotland 7s will travel to Twickenham this weekend looking to win the London HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament for the third successive year.

John Dalziel welcomes back Jack Cuthbert and Gavin Lowe from injury, Cuthbert one of just four players also involved in last year’s cup victory.

Captain Scott Riddell and Jamie Farndale will be looking to add a third Twickenham winners medal to their collections, lifting the cup in both 2016 and 2017.

Nick McLennan was a member of the squad that beat South Africa in the final in 2016 while Jo Nayacavou also helped the Scots beat England to go back-to-back last year.

Glasgow Warriors’ Bobby Beattie is brought in, his last involvement with the 7s coming in Singapore last year.

Scotland have been drawn in Pool A alongside New Zealand, Fiji and Argentina.

It was at Twickenham twelve months ago that a second half fight back in the quarter-finals earned Scotland their first ever victory over the All Blacks who currently sit in third on the World Series standings

Fiji lead the World Series having won four of the last five tournaments and Argentina are searching for their first cup victory this year.

Scotland 7s Head Coach John Dalziel said: “We’re a new group this season, there’s a lot of young players who will be playing at the Twickenham tournament for the first time and we’ll be focussing on the processes we need to put in place to perform at our best.

“Groups don’t come much harder, we’re up against three of the top six teams in the world but we’re fully focussed on game one.

“We’ve looked at the opposition but we’ve also looked at ourselves and coming out of Singapore the big focus has been on performing more consistently and if we do that we can really challenge these teams.”

 

Scotland 7s fixtures in the ninth leg of the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series in London, Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 June, live on Sky Sports.

2 June

10:58am Scotland 7s v New Zealand 7s

2.26pm Scotland 7s v Fiji 7s

5.10pm Scotland 7s v Argentina 7s

 

3 June

TBC

Scotland 7s squad to compete in London (World Series tournaments in brackets)

1. Scott Riddell (65)

2. Darcy Graham (7)

3. Nyle Godsmark (14)

4. Bobby Beattie (5)

5. Nick Mclennan (17)

6. Jo Nayacavou (34)

7. Jamie Farndale (29)

8. Harvey Elms (4)

9. Robbie Fergusson (7)

10. Gavin Lowe (23)

11. Max McFarland (8)

12. Jack Cuthbert (7)

13. Ally Miller (7)

 

Core players unavailable: Hugh Blake (shoulder), James Fleming (foot) and Sam Pecqueur (leg)