Two debutants named for Wellington 7s

Head Coach Calum MacRae has named three changes, two of which are debutants, to his Scotland 7s squad to compete in the third round of the World Rugby Sevens Series, in Wellington.

Junior Bulumakau features in the Scotland 7s squad for Wellington

Glasgow Warriors wing Junior Bulumakau and BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy player Nick Grigg, who regularly features for Stirling County in the BT Premiership, will make their first appearance for a Scotland representative side when they take to the field at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium (Saturday/Sunday 30/31 January).

The third addition to MacRae’s squad is Edinburgh Rugby centre Chris Dean, who has previous experience in the abbreviated game, having earned 10 World Series caps across the previous two seasons.

MacRae said: “All three of the new guys who’ve made selection are good on attack and will add to what we’ve already got.  

“Chris Dean has progressed well with the front-line game time he has gained at Edinburgh and this is another opportunity for him to test himself on the international stage.

“Nick Grigg is a good young player who has impressed, worked very hard in training and merits his place; and Junior Bulumakau put some strong performances in for Glasgow during the season where he caught our eye – his broken field running is outstanding.

“It’s always special to award a player their first cap and I’m sure the two debutants will step up at what is a great event in Wellington.” 

Scotland face current joint Series leaders South Africa, hosts and current tournament title-holders New Zealand, and newly-promoted core side Russia in Pool A of the competition. 

MacRae and his side have taken a great amount of confidence from their Bowl win in Cape Town and have prepared well over the festive period for the next two legs of the Series.

He said:

“The way we performed on the last day in Cape Town was back to the level we expect from ourselves as a group. Mindset is crucial.  

“In an intensely competitive pool playing the way we finished in Cape Town will put us in the hunt to progress into the cup competition.”

Following the conclusion of the Wellington leg, the same squad will travel to Sydney for round four of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Their opposition will be determined following the close of the New Zealand leg of the circuit. 

Scotland 7s will face South Africa (12.42am GMT), New Zealand (4.06am GMT) and Russia (7.04am GMT) in Pool A of Wellington 7s on Saturday (30 January) – live on Sky Sports.

Scotland 7s squad to compete in Wellington 7s on Saturday/Sunday 30/31 January

Hugh Blake

Junior Bulumakau

Chris Dean

Jamie Farndale

Nick Grigg

James Johnstone

Gavin Lowe

Nick McLennan

Joseva Nayacavou

Scott Riddell

Mark Robertson

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