Twickenham last chance for World Series core status

This weekend, Scotland 7s will play in an HSBC Sevens World Series qualifier at Twickenham against Georgia, Hong Kong and Zimbabwe on day one.

Qualifying captainsThe tournament is the Scots last chance to secure their core status in the top-flight sevens circuit for next season, before they head off to the Rugby World Cup 7s in Moscow next month (28-30 June).

Day one of the competition will be a round-robin set-up and day two a straight knockout. Scotland 7s will either have to win a semi-final or third placed play-off to secure their place in the World Series.

Scotland 7s captain, Colin Gregor, said: “Preparations have been good this week, but we’re disappointed about the way things panned out last weekend, both in terms of the position we’re now in and our performances in Glasgow.

“However, we had a very open and honest meeting on Monday and we realise the position we’re in so we want to look ahead to the weekend with some excitement about the opportunity we have and the tournament we’re playing in.

“We have looked at Georgia, Zimbabwe and Hong Kong’s matches from their qualifying rounds in Hong Kong, but we’re firmly focused on ourselves and fully aware that if we get our game right and play consistently to our potential then we will be able to turn these teams over.

“We’re in a different position and tournament this weekend, but we want to go out on Saturday and Sunday and give an accurate reflection of who we are and how we play.”
Scotland 7s will play Georgia at 9.22am, Zimbabwe at 12.34pm and Hong Kong at 4pm on Saturday 11 May.

They will be required to finish in the top three of the tournament if they are to secure their core status in HSBC Sevens World Series. After playing each team once in their group on Saturday they will be re-seeded depending on where they finish in the group and all will enter a quarter-final.

After the re-seeding team one will play team eight, team two will play team seven and so on. The winners will go into a semi-final with the two winners of the semi guaranteeing their place in next year’s HSBC Sevens World Series. The two losers of the semis will then play a third-placed play-off with the winner this match earning core team status.

Scotland 7s team to play in HSBC Sevens World Series Qualifying tournament at Twickenham on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May: Chris Dean (Scotland 7s EDP), Struan Dewar (Scotland 7s), Michael Fedo (Scotland 7s), Alex Glashan (Scotland 7s EDP), Colin Gregor (captain) (Scotland 7s), John Houston (Scotland 7s), Lee Jones (Edinburgh Rugby), Michael Maltman (Scotland 7s), Byron McGuigan (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Riddell (Scotland 7s), Colin Shaw (Scotland 7s) and Andrew Turnbull (Scotland 7s).