Gemmell makes changes with Commonwealth Games in mind

The Scotland 7s squad to compete in the final leg of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series at Twickenham will be significantly different to the team that finished fourth in yesterday’s Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s.

Colin Shaw will travel to London 7s following Glasgow tournamentHead coach, Stephen Gemmell, has chosen to make six changes to his squad that will travel to London for next weekend’s London 7s as he considers his options for this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

Two players who will travel south will be in contention for their first World Series caps, they are Scotland 7s professional, Lewis Young and Edinburgh Rugby’s Scotland cap, Jack Cuthbert.

Cuthbert & Young in for first caps

James Fleming will return to the squad, to win his 22nd cap, for the first time since the Gold Coast back in October and Struan Dewar has recovered from injury to make his first appearance since Wellington in February.

Gemmell said: “I made it clear to all the players involved during this fortnight that these two tournaments were important in their own right, but also for selection for the Commonwealth Games.

“I’m delighted by the support that Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors have given me, but I now want to take the opportunity to look at James [Fleming] and Struan [Dewar], among others who have trained well and deserve a chance to show what they can do on the international stage.

Our performance at the weekend will raise the expectation on the players coming in, but they know our structures and game plans and this is their chance to rise to the occasion and perform.

“In terms of Jack [Cuthbert], he is a player I believe can add value to our squad.  He is a strong and powerful runner, with a good skill-set and has played well this year for Edinburgh Rugby.”

Also, returning to the squad for London are Mark Robertson and Gregor Young, who’ll win their 29th and 6th caps, respectively.

Scotland 7s will open their campaign in London against France at 10.28am next Saturday (10 May).  They will also play Portugal at 1.34pm and then South Africa at 5.22pm on day one. 

Gemmell concluded: “We have a series of very physical games coming up on Saturday.  This week we will fine tune our game plan and make sure all 12 players are ready to go, come 10.28am on Saturday.” 

Scotland 7s squad to compete at the London 7s on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 May: Scott Riddell, Colin Shaw, Gregor Young, Michael Maltman, Struan Dewar, Jack Cuthbert (Edinburgh Rugby), Colin Gregor (captain), Scott Wight (Glasgow Warriors), Mark Robertson, Lewis Young, Andrew Turnbull and James Fleming.