When international sevens teams are on duty, traditionally they will spend one training session, in the lead up to the competition, against one of the other competing nations.
Today, Scotland 7s were joined by New Zealand and played three 10 minute periods. The purpose of the task is to work on set-piece plays and try out moves against a full compliment of players, which can’t be done the rest of the week as only 12 travel in a squad.
After today’s session James Fleming reflected on how the hit-out went. As well as talking about training with the All Blacks he gave www.scottishrugby.org a few tips about how to score a good sevens try. Fleming is currently joint top of the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series try table.
Scotland 7s take on Kenya (10.12am local time), Fiji (1.36pm local time) and Spain (5pm local time) in the weekend’s Emirates Airline Dubai 7s (in Pool A). Dubai is four hours ahead of the United Kingdom.
Scotland 7s’ top try scorer, Andrew Turnbull, who has touched-down 118 times for his country will be doing a live Q&A on Twitter at 1.30pm (UK time) tomorrow (Thursday 29 November).
Scotland 7s squad to compete in the Emirates Airline Dubai 7s on Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December and in the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December:
1. James Johnstone (Glasgow Warriors EDP)
2. Michael Fedo (Scotland 7s)
3. Rory Hughes (Scotland 7s EDP)
4. John Houston (Edinburgh Rugby)
5. Colin Gregor (CAPTAIN / Scotland 7s)
6. Mark Robertson (Scotland 7s)
7. Andrew Turnbull (Scotland 7s)
8. Colin Shaw (Scotland 7s)
9. Scott Riddell (Scotland 7s)
10. Michael Maltman (Scotland 7s)
11. James Fleming (Scotland 7s)
12. Alex Glashan (Scotland 7s EDP)