Scotland 7s will take on the winners of both the Cup and Bowl from the Gold Coast 7s when they compete in the second leg of the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai next month.
It’ll be a challenging group for the Gold Coast Shield winners, who will take-on Fiji, Spain and Kenya in group A. The tournament starts on Friday 30 November, with the knock-out stages taking place on Saturday 1 December.
Scotland 7s played Fiji, the eventual Cup winners, in their group on the Gold Coast but are yet to lock-horns with Kenya and Spain, who won the Bowl in Australia, this season. They are well aware that all three teams got off to a flying start in the opening round.
The Emirates Airline Dubai 7s will be followed by the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December. Sevens rugby will return to Scotstoun Stadium at the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s, the penultimate round of the nine-leg circuit on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May 2013.
Dubai 7s draw:
Pool A – Fiji, Kenya, Spain, Scotland
Pool B – New Zealand, Argentina, Wales, Russia
Pool C – South Africa, Samoa, England, Portugal
Pool D – France, Australia, Canada, USA
Scotland 7s full-time squad: Colin Gregor (captain), Andrew Turnbull, Mark Robertson, Colin Shaw, Michael Maltman, Michael Fedo, Scott Riddell, James Fleming, Russell Weir, Struan Dewar, Lewis Young, Rory Hughes, Alex Glashan, Chris Dean, Neil Herron.
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.
The HSBC Sevens World Series is a globally recognised event featuring 16 international teams and visiting cities across the world. The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s joins The Gold Coast, Dubai, Port Elizabeth, Wellington, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and London in hosting the competition between 2012 and 2014. Tickets for the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s are available from www.glasgow7s.com/buy-tickets.