Scots Should Be Confident - Gemmell

Scotland 7s coach Stephen Gemmell believes his squad should be confident in spite of being drawn in a formidable pool for the IRB Sevens World Series tournament in San Diego next month. Scotland, sponsored by Murray, are in Pool A alongside top seeds New Zealand; Wales; and France.

Scotland 7s coach Stephen Gemmell believes his squad should be confident in spite of being drawn in a formidable pool for the IRB Sevens World Series tournament in San Diego next month.

Scotland, sponsored by Murray, are in Pool A alongside top seeds New Zealand, Wales, and France.

He said tonight: "When you look at our draw there's no doubt it's the toughest pool. We played France in Dubai and played well to win but they always have the potential to play sevens out of the top drawer.

"Wales finished last season well and won the bowl final against England in the most recent IRB tournament in South Africa last month, while New Zealand have won both the IRB tournaments so far this season.

"But we performed well in Dubai and in South Africa so we have to be confident in our own ability. Our squad will probably show a few changes going into the tournament but, as far as the sevens programme is concerned, we're on the front foot right now and we'll be looking to keep the momentum going."

The tournament in San Diego is on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February. Scotland's first match is against France at 10.22am local time. Next up are Wales at 1.28pm local time; with the final pool match against New Zealand at 5.40pm local.

The previous week, February 1 and 2, Scotland compete in the IRB tournament in Wellington, New Zealand, where they are drawn in a pool with Argentina, USA and Tonga.