Less than a year ago Edinburgh Academy’s under-18 captain had led his school side to victory in the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Cup at Murrayfield and was ready to pack-up and start a chemistry degree at Loughborough University.
Now, Chris Dean, is fully-focused on making his debut for Scotland 7s at the opening tournament of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
He was named earlier this week in Phil Greening’s 12-man squad to travel to the Gold Coast 7s in Australia, which take place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September.
Dean said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that I have been selected, you know, it’s quite surreal that I’ve made the first tour, but it was a goal from the start.
“Players like Turny (Andrew Turnbull), Budgie (Colin Gregor) and Robbo (Mark Robertson) you look-up to them because they really uplift you in training when your body is getting used to the game.
Turny was saying to me you’ve been picked for a reason so don’t be too nervous, just go out and do your thing.
Scotland 7s take-on Fiji (12.42pm local-time), Australia (4.20pm local-time) and Tonga (6.08pm local-time) in pool B on day one at the Gold Coast 7s. The Gold Coast is nine hours ahead of BST.
Scotland 7s squad for the Gold Coast 7s: Chris Dean (Scotland 7s EDP), Michael Fedo (Scotland 7s), Rory Hughes (Scotland 7s EDP), *Peter Jericevich (Ayr), Colin Gregor (Scotland 7s) (captain), Mark Robertson (Scotland 7s), Andrew Turnbull (Scotland 7s), Michael Maltman (Scotland 7s), Colin Shaw (Scotland 7s), Alex Glashan (Scotland 7s EDP), James Fleming (Scotland 7s), A N Other.