Edinburgh Rugby back-row Ross Rennie will make his return to international sevens next weekend at the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens (30 March - 1 April) as he is amongst the 12-man squad named today by Scotland 7s head coach Stephen Gemmell.
Accompanying Rennie to Hong Kong, one of the most exciting venues on the IRB Sevens circuit, are five uncapped sevens players who are ready to hit the international stage, amongst them are new Glasgow Warriors arrival Max Evans, Edinburgh Rugby back-row Simon Cross and Scotland Under 20 centre Graham Hogg.
Sevens will return to the country of its birth as the final leg of the IRB Sevens World Series comes to Murrayfield on 2 and 3 June.
Rennie made his international sevens debut at the IRB Emirates Airline London tournament in June 2005. On day two of the tournament he scored his first try in the cup quarter-final clash against England. He went on to earn his second sevens cap a week later at the IRB GMF Paris Sevens.
Last season, Ross played in six tournaments on the IRB Sevens World Series as well as the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.
On his return to international sevens, Rennie said: "I'm really looking forward to playing sevens again, especially with Murrayfield hosting the final leg. I think itâ€™ll be good for me to sharpen my game.
"It['ll be great going back to Hong Kong, and playing in the Adelaide tournament for the first time. The stadium in Hong Kong is one of the best I've ever played in as the atmosphere is really wild. That means there can be a lot of pressure on you as there are lots of eyes watching everything you do, so you have to be on top of your game the whole time."
Max Evans, one of the five uncapped sevens players in the squad, was part of the Scotland 7s squad that played in front of a sell-out crowd at Murrayfield during the half-time break of the RBS 6 Nations clash between Scotland and Ireland.
Anticipating his international sevens debut, Evans said: â€œI am massively looking forward to going out to Hong Kong and Adelaide.
I remember going to the Hong Kong Sevens when I was eleven years old and queuing for ages as a little nipper to see the likes of Jonah Lomu who was just bursting onto the scene at the time."
Commenting on today's squad announcement, Gemmell added: "The squad for Hong Kong and Adelaide has a good blend of experience and new blood and it will be exciting to see them compete in such an intense period of competition.
"We are looking to build on the progress we made in our last outing in San Diego where we beat both Australia and Argentina. We have a few players from that squad coming with us to the next two tournaments but it will be a big challenge for us as we face the likes of Fiji and Samoa over the coming weeks.
"Ross played a lot of sevens last season and used that as a springboard to selection for the Scotland training squad and Max is a player we are excited about letting loose on the international sevens circuit."
The Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s, the final leg of the IRB Sevens World Series, will feature the world's top teams over two days of fast flowing, skilful and dynamic international rugby sevens together with a fun-packed Festival of Rugby on the back pitches, making it the "not-to-be-missed" event of the summer.
Tickets are available now at the great value price of only £10 for one day or just £15 for both (with free concessions on all pre-booked tickets).
The sevens are coming, visit www.edinburgh7s.com
Scotland 7s squad for the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens (30 March - 1 April and Adelaide Sevens (7-8 April): Michael Adamson (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Addison* (Glasgow Warriors, Stirling County and West of Scotland Institute of Sport), Callum Anderson* (Border Reivers, Melrose & East of Scotland Institute of Sport), Sean Crombie* (Border Reivers, Aberdeen Grammar Rugby and Grampian Institute of Sport), Simon Cross (Edinburgh Rugby), Max Evans (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Forrest* (Border Reivers & Hawick), Roddy Grant* (Border Reivers, Gala & East of Scotland Institute of Sport), Graham Hogg* (Border Reivers, Hawick & East of Scotland Institute of Sport), Jamie Hunter* (Glasgow Warriors, Hillhead/Jordanhill & West of Scotland Institute of Sport), Ross Rennie (Edinburgh Rugby), Colin White* (Glasgow Warriors, Ayr and West of Scotland Institute of Sport)
* = Members of Scottish Rugby's National Academy
The draw for the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens:
Pool A: Fiji, Scotland, Portugal, Sri Lanka
Pool B: South Africa, Wales Tonga, Chinese Taipei
Pool C: Samoa, Canada, Japan, China
Pool D: New Zealand, Kenya, Russia, Italy
Pool E: England, Argentina, Korea, Hong Kong
Pool F: France, Australia, Tunisia, USA
Scotland 7s Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens fixtures:
Day 1 (Friday 30 March)
7:10pm - Scotland v Portugal
Day 2 - (Saturday 31 March)
10:30am - Scotland v Sri Lanka
5:06pm - Fiji v Scotland
The draw for the Adelaide Sevens:
Pool A: Fiji, England, Canada, Tonga
Pool B: South Africa, France, Kenya, Japan
Pool C: New Zealand, Australia, Wales, Hong Kong
Pool D: Samoa, Argentina, Scotland, Portugal
Scotland 7s fixtures on day one of the Adelaide Sevens:
11:09am - Samoa v Scotland
2:37pm - Argentina v Scotland
5:21pm - Scotland v Portugal
IRB Sevens World Series
Dubai, UAE - 1-2 December
George, South Africa - 8-9 December
Wellington, New Zealand - 2-3 February
San Diego, USA - 10-11 February
Hong Kong - 30 - 31 March & 1 April
Adelaide, Australia - 7-8 April
London, England - 26-27 May
Edinburgh, Scotland - 2-3 June