With now just over one week to go until the inaugural Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s kicks-off, the Scotland 7s squad have been out across the west of Scotland inspiring support for the event and delivering rugby sessions in schools.
For Hamish Watson and Struan Dewar it was a trip to Carrick Academy in South Ayrshire where rugby has really taken off in the last few years.
The players got stuck into the session, with the first and second years who are also part of the CashBack funded School of Rugby at Carrick, playing sevens games, “Hawick ball” and teaching them some passing skills.
Dewar said: “It’s been really good fun today. There are some boys here that have some serious gas and could go far in sevens.
“Sevens is a great game for kids this age who have maybe only recently discovered rugby, because there is lots of space, it requires a lot of energy, which the guys usually love, and it makes you perfect the basic skills of rugby, which is invaluable for a future career in the sport.”
Dewar returns to the Scotland 7s squad for the first time since November after having to pull out of the first leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series with a hamstring injury, but now he can’t wait to get on the pitch at Glasgow, if he can win the nod from head coach Graham Shiel who must cut his provisional squad of 18 down to 12 for the tournament next weekend.
He continued: “It’s been a long long time since we were out in Australia and I just can’t wait to get back out there and hope to be playing again.
“There’s going to be a cracking crowd and atmosphere at Glasgow and we hope after the session today all the guys at Carrick will be up for coming along.”
The initial Scotland 7s squad of 18 is as follows:
*Ross Miller (Glasgow Hawks), Struan Dewar (Scotland 7s), *Scott Riddell (Stewart’s Melville), Michael Fedo (Nothumbria University), Rory Hughes (Glasgow Hawks), Adam Ashe (Stirling County), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Accies), Mark Robertson (Scotland 7s), Sean Kennedy (Stirling County), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Heriot’s), Colin Gregor (Scotland 7s), Jim Thompson (Edinburgh Rugby), John Houston (Edinburgh Rugby), James Fleming (Scotland 7s), Andrew Turnbull (Scotland 7s), Byron McGuigan (Scotland 7s), *Gregor Young (Jed-Forest), *Lewis Young (Jed-Forest)
*sportscotland institute supported
Glasgow 7s Ticket Details
Scotland hosts the penultimate leg of the circuit at The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s, which will take place at Scotstoun Stadium for the first time on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May.
Tickets for the tournament are on sale now from £15 per day. All concessions are at half the equivalent adult price.
Tickets will be sold for particular stands and designated days, with two-day ‘weekend’ tickets also available. Buy tickets now.
The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s is part of the HSBC Sevens World Series. The event, led by Scottish Rugby, is a partnership with Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government and EventScotland with the assistance of sportscotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau:
**Glasgow Warriors supporters have the chance to save money, time and hassle as they savour one of the biggest days in Glasgow rugby history, Saturday 5 May.
There’s a feast of top class rugby and enjoyment on offer throughout the city, with the first day of the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s taking place at Scotstoun Stadium, followed by the play-off chasing Warriors’ huge RaboDirect PRO12 game against Connacht at Firhill.
Warriors fans can not only back their own team in their quest for the semi-finals, but get a taste of what will be the club’s new playing base of next season.
We’ve put together a super saver joint ticket package covering these two great events, and are giving fans the option of including a bus transfer from Scotstoun to Firhill, where the Warriors match will kick-off at 7.30pm.
Scottish Rugby works in partnership with sportscotland, the national agency for sport. In 2011, sportscotland invested a total of £156,000 of National Lottery funding into Scottish Rugby’s 7s programme. sportscotland also supports Scottish Rugby 7s by providing high performance expertise through its institute network.