Edinburgh Rugby and Scotland winger Lee Jones will compete in his fourth HSBC Sevens World Series tournament of 2013 tomorrow (Saturday 7 December) at the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
A product of the Selkirk club, in the Scottish Borders, the sevens specialist has an average strike rate of just over two tries per tournament. He has touched down 26 times, having played in 12 events since making his debut in Dubai in 2009.
“There’s always a focus on tries in sevens because there is a lot of space and inevitably in every game there will be scores. That’s what makes this game so exciting.
But for me, it’s all about the team. If we do our job well, anyone on the park can get a try, which is always good for the confidence” said Jones.
Tomorrow, Scotland will meet two of their opponents from last weekend. First, their pool rivals that they beat, Australia (1.56pm) and then Dubai champions, Fiji (5.14pm). They will open Group A against France (10.50am). All times are UK times.
For the 25-year-old, the one certainty this weekend is that Scotland 7s must raise their game to ensure they build on last weekend's performance and progress from their qualification to the Cup competition in Dubai.
He continued: “Cup quarter-finals are massive for us. That’s where we need to be as a team and to get there last weekend was really important. That has also made us hungry for more.
“The group is undoubtedly going to be tough, but we can take confidence from Dubai and our performance on day one and hopefully we’ll back that up.
“We have France first up who had a relatively poor tournament last weekend, by their standards, so we’ll expect them to be striving to do a lot better.
We have done well against Australia recently and given ourselves the upper hand, so that will be a tight game, but we know from experience we can play strongly against them.
“Fiji are going strong at the moment, and their performances in Dubai in the semi-final and final have made it clear what we’re up against. However, we did challenge them in the quarter-final last weekend and I know if we can play the game we’re capable of then we can compete.”
The third leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series is available to watch live on Sky Sports 2 at specific times throughout the weekend.
Scotland 7s squad to compete in Nelson Mandela Bay 7s, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (7-8 December): Scott Riddell, Joseva Nayacavou (Heriot's), Gregor Young, Jack Ferguson (Watsonians), John Houston, Mark Robertson, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor (captain), Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors), 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), Chris Dean (knee), James Johnstone (shoulder) and Lewis Young (shoulder).
To keep up-to-date with all going on with Scotland 7s both in Scotland and in the HSBC Sevens World Series follow @Scotlandteam on Twitter, subscribe to www.youtube.com/scottishrugbyonline and visit www.scottishrugby.org/scotland-squads/scotland-sevens.
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: