7-up for Turnbull in desert storm

Scotland 7s’ top try scorer, Andrew Turnbull, will make his seventh appearance at the Dubai 7s this weekend.

His side lock horns with Australia (6.10am), Wales (11.02am) and Spain (2.40pm) in Group B tomorrow (29 November).

Andrew Turnbull “You never get used to travelling on the World Series, but with age not on my side I want to keep enjoying it as much as I can” said Turnbull.

“I want to relish the opportunity I have to play for my country and keep giving it my best shot.”

With 127 tries to his name and nine years under his belt on the circuit – averaging 14 tries a year – Turnbull is hugely experienced and has a vast knowledge of the game and Scotland’s Dubai opponents. He is also excited by the chance to keep competing, particularly in a season that concludes with a home Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

He continued: “The Dubai 7s is one massive festival, there’s a great atmosphere, it’s hot and there is rugby going on everywhere with the girls’ tournaments, invitationals and veterans’ events alongside the main World Series matches.

“Australia and Wales are two very physical sides, they work very hard and are challenging at the breakdown.

“However, Australia we have come up against recently, we beat them here last year [29-14] and drew with them on the Gold Coast. Whereas Wales we haven’t come up against much in recent years. However, the last time we played them we beat them, 12-10, back in Tokyo in March.

“Finally, Spain, they beat us here last year [12-7], we know that every single game on the circuit is an absolute battle and that we have to impose our game on our opponents, all in, I’m looking forward to an exciting weekend.

This week in training the side have ensured they will be as well prepared as possible for Friday, having had training matches with World Series leaders and Rugby World Cup 7s World Champions, New Zealand and 10th seed, Canada.

The second leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series is available to watch live on Sky Sports 2 on Friday. A live stream is also available all weekend on www.irbsevens.com.

Scotland 7s squad to compete in the Dubai (29-30 November) and South Africa 7s (7-8 December): Scott Riddell, Chris Dean, Gregor Young, Jack Ferguson (Watsonians), John Houston, Mark Robertson, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor (captain), James Johnstone, Andrew Turnbull, Lee Jones (Edinburgh Rugby) and Michael Maltman.

Unavailable for selection due to injury: Struan Dewar (knee), Michael Fedo (shoulder), James Fleming (foot), Neil Herron (knee), Colin Shaw (shoulder), Russell Weir (knee) and Lewis Young (shoulder).

To keep up-to-date with all going on with Scotland 7s both in Scotland and in the next two rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series follow @Scotlandteam on Twitter, subscribe to www.youtube.com/scottishrugbyonline and visit our website www.scottishrugby.org/scotland-squads/scotland-sevens.

Notes to editors

2014 Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s ticket available NOW!

Tickets for the 2014 Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s tournament, the eighth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, are available now on general sale, starting from only £20 per person and £10 for under-18s, students and senior citizens.

Tickets are on sale for designated stands and for designated days, with weekend passes also available from £35. Family tickets (two adults and two under-18s) can be bought for £45. Buy tickets now. The 2014 event is circus-themed, with all supporters encouraged to come in fancy dress and join in the party spirit!

For all the up-to-date news and information on next year’s tournament visit www.scottishrugby.org and follow @Glasgow 7s on Twitter.

2014 Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s

Scotland are hosting the penultimate leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, for a third year, at The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s at Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May 2014.

The event, led by Scottish Rugby, is a partnership with Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government and Event Scotland with the assistance of sportscotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau:

  • The HSBC Sevens World Series is a globally recognised event featuring 16 international teams, 15 core and one invitational per tournament, from across the globe.
  • Glasgow joins the Gold Coast, Dubai, Port Elizabeth, Wellington, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and London in hosting the competition between 2012 and 2014.
  • Scotstoun Stadium will host 30,000 fans over two days of competition in the penultimate leg of the circuit.
  • Glasgow is the host city of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the HSBC Sevens World Series is a key part in creating a legacy for the games.