Scottish Rugby is proud to announce the appointment of Roger Baird as the Event Ambassador for the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s which is being held at Murrayfield on Saturday 31 May/Sunday 1 June as the glittering climax to the IRB World Series.
Following in the footsteps of team mate Andy Irvine who was the 2007 Emirates Airline ambassador, Baird said: "Sevens is the ideal springboard for the stars of tomorrow. It allows players freedom of expression in a game that demands huge levels of skill, fitness and guts.
I'm honoured to be an ambassador for the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s and look forward to watching some outstanding rugby."
It was while playing scrum-half for the Scottish Schools that his talents were first recognised and he was selected to play for the full Kelso sevens team while still at Merchiston Castle School. He collected a Melrose Sevens winner's medal at the tender age of 17.
Within two years Baird made his debut for Scotland B, and he won the first of 27 Scotland caps in the 24-15 win over Australia at Murrayfield Stadium in 1981. A regular fixture on the left wing for Scotland, he was a 1983 British and Irish Lion and played in all four Tests on that tour to New Zealand, scoring six tries in 11 appearances for the Lions. He is also a former selector for the Scotland U21 team.
Baird played in nine Hong Kong 7s tournaments, twice reaching the final where he had to be content with runners-up medals against Fiji and Australia.
Gordon McKie, Chief Executive of Scottish Rugby, said: _x001C_We are delighted that someone of Roger's calibre and experience has come on board as our Ambassador for the 7s. He was a tremendous 7s player for Kelso and has worked with Scottish Rugby over the years at both club and age-group level.
He was a world-class winger for Scotland and is a natural successor to Andy in terms of rugby profile. It's great to have him on board for this event._x001D_