Sevens stalwart retires from professional rugby

Scotland’s all time top points-scorer, Colin Gregor, has retired from professional rugby.

The stand-off, 34, recently had an operation on his knee after the London 7s in May, where he became Scotland’s most capped sevens internationalist with 58 caps.

Gregor's career spanned 12 years, in both sevens and XVs, and throughout season 2014/15 he became the HSBC Sevens World Series' third, all-time top points scorer with some 1345 points.

Colin Gregor receiving a commemorative jersey to mark his 50th cap for Scotland 7sHis debut came in 2003 at the Hong Kong 7s, and during his career he competed in the 2006 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, in Melbourne and Glasgow respectively.

He captained Scotland 7s for the first time when they competed in the IRB World Series tournaments in Wellington in February 2009. He then continued in that role in the 2009 Rugby World Cup 7s, in Dubai, and for three seasons from 2011 to 2014, when sevens became professional.

Top points scorer

In the XV-a-side game Gregor played 130 times for Glasgow Warriors and won nine caps for Scotland A. 

He said: “With the new HSBC Sevens World Series having just been announced and sevens making its debut at the Olympics next summer, it’s an exciting time for the sport. 

“I will miss playing professional rugby and the opportunities the sport has given me to play in these incredible competitions. However, as one door closes another opens. I’m excited by what the future holds and I can look back on my career with fond memories.

“Thanks to friends and family for their support and to a number of coaches throughout my career – they have all played a major part. In particular, I have to thank Rob Moffat for his enthusiasm and dedication, and for giving me my first Sevens cap at Hong Kong back in 2003. That was an undoubted highlight of my career, as was leading the team at the Commonwealth Games at home in Glasgow last summer. What an atmosphere at Ibrox.

I would also like to thank all the strength and conditioning coaches, physios, doctors and backroom staff that put in such work that often goes unmentioned but is never taken for granted.

“The future is an exciting time as I look to develop the numerous skills I’ve gained from working in high performance sport. I’m thrilled to be working with Sky TV and staying involved with Sevens at the Olympic qualifying tournament this weekend [Exeter 7s, part of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Sevens Series] and I am looking to create more opportunities."

Colin Gregor scores his 88th try at the last Emirates Airline Rugby 7s in Glasgow