MacRae names one new cap for Manchester

Newly appointed Scotland 7s head coach Calum MacRae today named the 12 players that will compete in this weekend’s Manchester 7s (Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September), his first tournament in charge.

New to the squad is Edinburgh Rugby elite development player Max McFarland, who arrived this summer from the Leinster Academy, and qualifies for Scotland through his grandfather.

MacRae said: “Max is a very sharp attacker with great evasive skills and he is very quick. I think he has all the right attributes for an attacking sevens player.

This weekend gives me an opportunity to see how he stands up to the physical demands of the game.”

While McFarland is the only new cap in the side, returning to the fold following the summer’s Commonwealth Games sevens at Ibrox are Scott Riddell, Colin Shaw, James Johnstone, Colin Gregor and Scott Wight.

Scott Wight captained Glasgow Warriors to victory at the 2014 Melrose 7s

Wight is named captain for the first time and Edinburgh Accies full-back, Nyle Godsmark will win his third Rugby Europe cap.

The remainder of the squad is made-up of full-time sevens professionals Struan Dewar, Mark Robertson, twins Gregor and Lewis Young and James Fleming. 

MacRae continued: “Scott [Wight] captained Glasgow Warriors to win this year’s Melrose 7s and has a huge amount of sevens knowledge. He contributes and speaks well in team meetings and in training.  

In terms of our values and work ethic, I know he will live those every time he plays, making him the ideal candidate to lead the team.”

This Saturday, at the AJ Bell Stadium, the home of Sale Sharks, the team will face Spain (10.44am), Italy (1.44pm) and Georgia (5.50pm), with Sunday's fixtures determined by day one's results.

MacRae continued: “Georgia and Italy always bring real physicality to their games, so we will have to be smart and play to a tempo that doesn’t allow them to take a strangle hold of these ties.

“Spain have some good footballers among their ranks and we need to respect that, close them down when they’re in possession, and back ourselves in attack.

“Our main focus is to work harder than every team we play against this weekend, and that starts with the first tie against Spain."

Scotland 7s squad for Manchester

Where to watch!

Coverage of the Manchester 7s will be available on Sky Sports throughout the weekend.

On Saturday Sky Sports 2 will broadcast the tournament from 9.55am via the red button, with it becoming available on the main channel from 1.30pm. Sky Sports 3 will broadcast the full event on Sunday from 9.55am.

Scotland 7s squad to compete at the Manchester 7s in the Rugby Grand Prix Sevens Series (Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September): Scott Riddell, Colin Shaw, Struan Dewar, James Johnstone, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Max McFarland (Edinburgh Rugby), Nyle Godsmark (Edinburgh Accies), Gregor Young, Scott Wight, James Fleming and Lewis Young.