Riddell set to win 40th cap in front of packed home crowd

Scotland 7s captain Scott Riddell, who played in the Commonwealth Games Sevens at Ibrox last July, is relishing the opportunity to run out to a home crowd once again, at this weekend’s Emirates Airline Rugby 7s at Scotstoun Stadium (9-10 May).


This is the first international rugby event to take place in the city, since the world record breaking sevens event at Glasgow 2014, and the penultimate leg of the nine-tournament HSBC Sevens World Series, that began on the Gold Coast, Australia, last October.

Scotland 7s still have the chance to secure their best ever finish in the HSBC Sevens World Series to date, and with the buzz from the Commonwealth Games still very much alive, this weekend’s tournament has the recipe for a fantastic weekend for captain Riddell, who will win his 40th cap when he runs out on Saturday. 

Speaking to scottishrugby.org at the Emirates Airline Rugby 7s captains press conference at Kelvingrove Art Gallery, this week, Riddell said: “Knowing this weekend is sold out and that there is demand for tickets inspires me personally.

I’m really looking forward to a packed Scotstoun, with the buzz off the back of the Commonwealth Games still being huge. I know it is going to carry on into this weekend.”

Scotland 7s will meet Portugal (1.04pm), Wales (4.10pm) and Fiji (7.21pm) on Saturday (9 May) in Pool C – live on Sky Sports.

Riddell continued: “We have a very tough group, but its one I know we can get out of and into the Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

“We will need to ensure we don’t get overawed by the occasion, but we’re aiming to win at least two games in the pool and I’m really looking forward to it.” 

Scotland 7s for Emirates Airline Rugby 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.