Johnstone rallies support for Glasgow 7s

Scotland 7s centre James Johnstone is relishing the chance to play in front of a packed home crowd at this weekend’s HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow.

James Johnstone at today's captains runHe is the side’s top try-scorer in the campaign, crossing the line 17 times but has never played in a home sevens tournament before on the World Series circuit.

He said: “I did manage to experience the Commonwealth Games last year and the home support there really helped us perform at our best, so I’m hoping for the same this weekend.

As players, we definitely feel that support, it pushes us on and gives us that wee bit more drive and adrenaline.” 

Scotland’s first game is against Portugal at 1.04pm on Saturday (9 May), followed by their other two Pool C games against Wales at 4.10pm and Fiji at 7.21pm, the last match of the day.

Johnstone has reason to be optimistic, as Scotland have beaten both Portugal and Wales already this season, but are yet to overcome the south sea-islanders. 

He said: “We have to take each game as it comes, as we have been doing all season.

“We’re concentrating on our first game against Portugal and then hopefully from there we can qualify for the Cup quarter-finals on day two.”

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.