Centre, Neil Herron will be in with a chance of winning his first international sevens cap, in Tokyo next weekend (22-23 March), having been named in head coach, Stephen Gemmell’s side to travel for the sixth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Herron is also joined by Glasgow Warriors players Finlay Gillies and Scott Wight, who were involved in the last round of tournaments on the circuit.
Gemmell said: “I’m pleased to be able to name Neil [Herron] in this squad for the first time. He worked extremely hard to get back to full fitness and has had game time with the Scotland under-20 team in the 6 Nations.
Neil is an exciting young player and I’m looking forward to see what he can bring on the World Series.
“We also appreciate Glasgow Warriors’ support in releasing two players to travel with us.
The remainder of the side is made up of full-time professionals and club players, with Chris Dean returning for the first time since, Dubai and Heriot’s’ and British Army's Joseva Nayacavou returning having been involved in Port Elizabeth in December.
Colin Gregor will once again lead the team as captain.
Gemmell continued: “I have named a familiar group of players in this squad who work together everyday and know how we’re capable of playing. Training has gone well, so we now need to put any previous disappointments behind us and move forward.
We have another big opportunity against England, Australia and Spain and although we’re third seeds in the pool and know how difficult the matches will be, we are as ever be aiming to qualify for the Cup competition.”
Scotland 7s will play England (1.44am), Australia (5.24am) and Spain (9.14am) on day one (Saturday 22 March) of the Tokyo 7s. All times are local.
Furthermore, Scotland 7s players have been rallying support for the forthcoming Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s (3-4 May) at Scotstoun. Gregor and Herron attended the Glasgow City 7s Youth Finals this week, signing autographs and presenting trophies to the winners. The winners from the S1 and S2 tournament were Shawlands Academy, St Andrew's RC, Drumchapel HIgh School and Hyndland High School.
Scotland 7s squad to compete in Tokyo 7s (Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March): Scott Riddell, Finlay Gillies (Glasgow Warriors), Mark Robertson, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Chris Dean, Andrew Turnbull, Michael Maltman, *Neil Herron, Scott Wight (Glasgow Warriors), James Johnstone and Joeseva Nayacavou (Heriot’s and British Army).
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@Glasgow7s on Twitter.
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: