Captain set for thrilling World Series conclusion

Tomorrow at 11.12am Scotland 7s will begin their London 7s campaign, the last leg of the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series, at Twickenham.

Captain set for thrilling World Series conclusionFor captain Scott Riddell, there are many elements to this tournament that are setting it up to be an exciting end to the season.

He said: “It’s a great honour to lead the boys once again this weekend. 

“We’re looking to carry the form we have had throughout the season into this tournament.

We’re very proud to be in seventh place in the world because there aren’t many others sports in Scotland ranked as highly as that.

“But, first things first, we have Brazil to kick-off the group.

“They have already qualified for the Olympics and are playing well this year. They are full of attacking flair and have a real work rate about them.

“They have an Argentinean coach, so there are similarities about the way they play, with a South American grit and determination. Just now we’re not looking too much further ahead than that one." 

The Scots will then go on to face Kenya, at 2.18pm, before concluding Pool C against hosts England, at 5.46pm – all matches are live on Sky Sports.

With the tournament sold out on Saturday, the prospect of meeting the Auld Enemy in the last game of the day at Twickenham is one that any Scot would relish.

Riddell continued: “Second, we play Kenya who are a very physical side, which we’ll have to deal with, then the last game is huge: it’s the final game of the day and it’s Scotland v England at Twickenham, which is a very exciting prospect.

“We have to take each game as it comes and we have to put ourselves in the best possible position for the Cup competition on day two.”

Scotland 7s squad for London 7s

Finally, the captain who has been capped 40 times for the abbreviated national team is looking forward to seeing what the three new caps, in the side, this weekend will bring.

He concluded: “The London 7s is going to be a huge tournament for us. There will be a massive crowd and there are some changes in the squad. 

I’m really looking forward to see what the new players can do on the sevens pitch because there has been some exciting potential brought in.

“Glenn [Bryce] played fantastically well at the Melrose 7s. He made a tackle in the semi-final, which won Glasgow Warriors the game and he has got great footwork and a lovely pass. 

“Hugh [Blake] is a typical openside flanker, as well as having great linking skills and abilities and good feet. It will be good to have him in the squad because he brings a lot of sevens experience from New Zealand with him. 

“Jamie [Farndale] is one of the most powerful athletes I’ve seen. He is a great runner with the ball and he’s eager to learn. 

 “This is a good transition for him being a winger in XVs to becoming a forward, with line outs, scrums and rucks, in sevens. He has taken to it very well though and is ready to go.”

Scotland 7s squad for London 7s