It has been confirmed today that Jed-Forest back Gregor Young, will join twin brother Lewis in the Scotland 7s squad on a two-year contract. His first year will be on a elite development basis and his second year on a full professional contract.
Gregor will link-up with the squad this week and will be in contention for a place on the team’s next outings to Dubai (Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December) and South Africa (Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December) in the HSBC Sevens World Series at the end of the month.
He said: “I’m over the moon to have signed for Scotland 7s, it’s exciting that Lewis and I have the opportunity now to play together for our country. We work well together.
“This is the first stepping stone to a career in rugby and I hope to develop as much as I possibly can. I know it’s going to be hard work, but I’m prepared to put in the work and hopefully I’ll feature in a couple of tournaments.
Gregor, a product of RBS National League side Jed-Forest, is a familiar face on the Borders’ Kings of the Sevens series and was one of Scotland 7s’ sportscotland institute supported club players last season.
Today’s announcement, bolsters Phil Greening’s squad even further after the announcement of the 12 new club players earlier this week. His player-pool now stands at 28, with a full-time squad of 16.
Greening said: “We’re delighted to welcome Gregor into the squad, he has recently returned from a shoulder injury, but his performances for his club have been consistent.
“He has a lot of potential. He’s very good at seeing and hitting lines and he is a good finisher, with a lot of tries to his name.”
Pro-players: Struan Dewar, Michael Fedo, James Fleming, Colin Gregor, Michael Maltman, Scott Riddell, Mark Robertson, Colin Shaw, Andrew Turnbull, Russell Weir. EDP players: Chris Dean, Alex Glashan, Neil Herron, Rory Hughes, Gregor Young, Lewis Young, sportscotland institute supported players: Callum Anderson (Aberdeen Grammar), Fraser Brown (Heriot’s), Liam Draycott (Currie), Jack Ferguson (Watsonians), Darren Gillespie (Kelso), Peter Jericevich (Ayr), Richard Mill (Melrose), Ross Miller (Glasgow Hawks), Iain Moody (Boroughmuir), Andrew Nagle (Melrose), Andrew Skeen (Melrose), Liam Steele (Stewart’s-Melville FP).
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.