Weir eager to capitalise on Hong Kong momentum at Tokyo 7s

This weekend is the last time Scotland 7s will be in action before they take a bow at their home tournament, the Emirates Airline Rugby 7s at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow, next month (Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May).

Russell Weir looks ahead to Tokyo 7sThe Scots are in a unique position tomorrow in Tokyo, the seventh leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, when they will face the exact same group, in the exact same order as they did last weekend in Hong Kong. 

First up, they will meet New Zealand, 2.44am (GMT, live on Sky Sports), as they look to be the first Scottish national rugby team who overcome the All Blacks.

Their remaining Pool B matches are then against Australia (6.24am) and Portugal (10.36am). 

For scrum-half Russell Weir, who will win his 10th cap this weekend, the squad’s focus is firmly on day one in Japan, after a successful end that resulted in silverware, the Bowl, at the Hong Kong 7s. 

He said: “It’s very important to carry the momentum from Hong Kong into this tough group in Tokyo.

We won our last four games in Hong Kong and we need to bring that confidence into the first game against New Zealand tomorrow.

“Our immediate goal is to always be competing in the Cup quarter-finals come day two and nothing changes that this weekend.

“We have a great opportunity to right some wrongs against New Zealand and Australia from last week.

“Right now our focus remains on the tournament this weekend. Glasgow is massively important to all of us, but we always like to take one step at a time, therefore all attention is on getting good results in our group tomorrow.

“We have enjoyed being back in a more familiar climate this week and its nice to experience the culture here in Japan. We enjoyed some Japanese food last night. I’ve always been keen on Sushi.”

 Scotland 7s team for Tokyo 7s

2015 Emirates Airline Rugby 7s

Scotland is hosting the penultimate leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, for a fourth year, at The Emirates Airline Rugby 7s at Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May 2015.

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:

  • The HSBC Sevens World Series is a globally recognised event featuring 16 international teams, 15 core and one invitational per tournament, from across the globe.
  • Glasgow joins the Gold Coast, Dubai, Port Elizabeth, Wellington, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and London in hosting the competition between 2012 and 2015.
  • Scotstoun Stadium will host 30,000 fans over two days of competition in the penultimate leg of the circuit.

Go to www.glasgow7s.com to buy tickets for the Emirates Airline Rugby 7s in Glasgow.