Injuries force Dalziel’s hand

Edinburgh Rugby’s Ally Miller has joined up with the Scotland 7s squad ahead of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in Vancouver.

The 21-year old has worked under Head Coach John Dalziel before with Scotland U20s and has played in four World Series tournaments to date. He also plays for league leaders Melrose in the BT Premiership.

He replaces Jo Nayacavou who sustained a groin injury in Scotland’s Trophy semi-final defeat to Canada in Las Vegas last weekend.

James Fleming also drops out having suffered a calf injury on day one in Nevada. Kyle Steyn made his debut in Felming’s absence and will replace him in the matchday twelve at BC Place.

Scotland have been drawn against the top two in the current world series standings South Africa and New Zealand in their group along with Russia.

Scotland 7s Head Coach John Dalziel said: “We have a tough group this weekend with New Zealand, South Africa and Russia and it will be great to see if we can rise to the challenge.

“Groups don’t get much harder but the boys are in a confident mood and we will prepare well and give it our all.” 

 

Scotland 7s fixtures in the sixth leg of the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series in Vancouver, Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 March. Kick-offs UK time, live on Sky Sports. 

10 March

17:30 Scotland 7s v New Zealand 7s

21:24 Scotland 7s v South Africa 7s

11 March

00:34 Scotland 7s v Russia 7s

TBC

 

Scotland 7s squad to compete in Vancouver (World Series tournaments in brackets)

1. Scott Riddell (62) (C)

2. Darcy Graham (4)

3. Nyle Godsmark (11)

4. Glenn Bryce (13)

5. Nick McLennan (15)

6. Ally Miller (4)

7. Jamie Farndale (26)

8. Robbie Fergusson (5)

9. Alec Coombes (3)

10. Gavin Lowe (21)

11. Kyle Steyn (1)

12. Max McFarland (5)

 

Core players unavailable: Hugh Blake (shoulder injury), Jack Cuthbert (hand injury), Dougie Fife (Edinburgh Rugby), James Fleming (calf injury), James Johnstone (Edinburgh Rugby), Jo Nayacavou (groin injury), Sam Pecqueur (leg injury).