Eddie wants to bring physicality in Hong Kong

Glasgow Warriors forward James Eddie was called up to the Scotland 7s squad to play in Hong Kong (28-30 March) only a matter of hours after he played his part in the RBS Premiership finale last Saturday (22 March).

James Eddie in Hong KongThe back-row featured in the Ayr side that beat Gala 34-33 at Netherdale, a result that ultimately saw Melrose win the title.  Eddie brought a lot of physicality to that match and he contributed to the scoreboard with a try.

Today at the squad’s [Scotland 7s] final training session, he sighted the physical element of his game, as something he thinks will be imperative this weekend in Hong Kong.

I want to bring to this team, the kind of game I like to play in XVs, using my strength and physicality to help them move forward,” said Eddie.

Scotland 7s open their campaign in Hong Kong tomorrow evening (8.20pm, Hong Kong time / 12.20pm, UK time) against New Zealand.

Eddie continued: “It’s always good to play New Zealand.  It's true that, no Scotland team has ever beaten them, but it’s best to have them first up and catch them early.”

On Saturday, the Scots then go head-to-head with USA (3.34am) and Samoa (7.14am) and this concludes their group. Times here are UK time.

Eddie concluded: “Samoa are a very physical side and I remember coming up against America a couple of years ago, they are always tough.  However, we must focus on our game and the rest will follow.

It has been a good week.  The players and the coaches have helped me to get up to speed and it has been good dry weather to play with ball in hand.

“I’m feeling confident just now and I’m looking forward to the weekend.”

Meanwhile, today the East Hotels Scottish Exiles reached the Plate semi-finals at the HKFC Tens.  Day two didn't go quite as well as day one, losing out to Carinat Dragons, 29-5 and then the Borneo Eagles, 17-7.

Scotland 7s squad to compete in the Hong Kong 7s (29-30 March): Scott Riddell, Finlay Gillies (Glasgow Warriors), Mark Robertson, Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Colin Gregor, Chris Dean, Andrew Turnbull, Michael Maltman, Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Wight (Glasgow Warriors), James Johnstone and James Eddie (Glasgow Warriors).

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