MacRae rings changes for World Series finale

Scotland 7s head coach Calum MacRae will cap three new players this weekend at Twickenham, in the final leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series. 

Glenn Bryce is called up to Scotland 7sGlasgow Warriors back-row forward Hugh Blake, Edinburgh Rugby winger Jamie Farndale and BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy full-back Glenn Bryce come into the abbreviated national team in place of James Eddie, James Fleming and Chris Dean respectively – the latter two dropping out due to injury.

Lee Jones also returns to make his 22nd appearance for Scotland 7s. He takes the place of Russell Weir.

MacRae said: “The new caps will bring an attacking edge to the group as it is something that comes naturally to all three of them.  

Jamie [Farndale] has trained extremely well and deserves this opportunity. His powerful running game makes him a valuable asset and is adaptable in a hybrid role, where he can operate at prop or wing. 

“Hugh [Blake] has gone about his business quietly in training but its evident there is a real competitive edge to his personality.  His footballing ability and evasion skills will compliment our attacking play. 

Glenn [Bryce] is a player I’ve tracked from the start of the season, his broken field running ability is as good as any I’ve seen in Scotland. It’s a big opportunity for him to demonstrate he is ready for international rugby.  

“Finally, Lee [Jones] is an outstanding sevens player, he has match winning ability both in attack and with the graft he puts in when defending.  He performed very well in Tokyo and is looking forward to playing now his injury niggles are behind him.”

Scotland 7s will face Brazil (11.12am) and Kenya (2.18pm) in Pool C on Saturday, before ending the day against hosts England at 5.46pm – live on Sky Sports. 

The Scots can still catch USA in sixth place in the World Series standings, as they aim to finish the circuit in their best position to date. The Americans are currently seven points ahead of Scotland, who are in seventh place.

MacRae continued: “Kenya are a physical and free running team, they have strong runners when given space to open up.  

“Brazil have adapted quickly to the top level of competition in Dubai and Las Vegas where we played them. They move the ball to space well and shift the point of contact. As a team they are improving with every competition they play.

There is always an added element of excitement when you play England. They are aiming for Olympic qualification, so to go up against them on the last game of the day sets that match up to be quite a finale. 

“As ever we're aiming to win at least two games on day one to ensure we're in the Cup competition come Sunday."

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