Charlie Shiel in Scotland 7s squad for Las Vegas
John Dalziel has named his 13-man Scotland 7s squad for this weekend’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in Las Vegas.
Edinburgh Rugby scrum-half Charlie Shiel is brought in, the 21-year old made his Scotland 7s debut in Paris at the end of last season.
Scotland were struck by injuries during their last outing in Sydney and are boosted by the return to fitness of Glenn Bryce, Harvey Elms, Jamie Farndale, Nyle Godsmark and Robbie Fergusson.
Jack Cuthbert has also recovered from a hand injury to be involved in a travelling party for the first time this season.
Scotland have been drawn against Fiji, Australia and Wales in the Pool stages of the Las Vegas tournament.
Core players Kyle Steyn (Glasgow Warriors), Mungo Mason and Ally Miller (both Edinburgh Rugby) have not been considered for selection and will remain with their respective professional clubs.
Scotland 7s Head Coach John Dalziel said: “Training has gone well and with such a short turnaround from Hamilton and Sydney our key priority has been getting the squad recovered and back to full fitness. The medics and support staff have done a great job to get everyone back and available in such a short period of time.
“We have also been able to provide key cover to the pro teams during this time with Kyle Steyn and Robbie Fergusson in training with Glasgow Warriors and Ally Miller and Mungo Mason in with Edinburgh.
“Robbie, our co-captain, has re-joined the squad here in Vegas which is a huge boost. Kyle and Ally have made a great impact with both Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively which is great for the guys and also for the 7s programme.
“On the other side it’s great to have Charlie Shiel come in from Edinburgh to gain exposure and continue his long-term development. He is a great kid and an exciting up and coming talent who will really benefit from exposure at this level.
“We are thankful for the continued support of both Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby.
“Looking ahead to the tournament we have a bit of a mountain to climb with Fiji and Australia up first and then Wales to finish off a really tough group. However, the players have responded to the challenge and know it’s about getting our game back to the performance levels we saw in Hamilton.”
Scotland 7s squad to compete at the fifth leg of the 2018/19 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Las Vegas, live on Sky Sports (World Series tournaments in brackets)
1. Scott Riddell (71)
2. Nyle Godsmark (22)
3. Alec Coombes (7)
4. Robbie Fergusson (CC) (13)
5. Harvey Elms (11)
6. Glenn Bryce (19)
7. Jamie Farndale (CC) (35)
8. Charlie Shiel (1)
9. Sam Pecqueur (5)
10. Gavin Lowe (28)
11. Max McFarland (14)
12. Ross McCann (6)
13. Jack Cuthbert (9)
Scotland 7s fixtures in Las Vegas (1-3 March, kick-off times in GMT)
Friday 1 March
11.22pm Scotland 7s v Fiji 7s
Saturday 2 March
2.01am Scotland 7s v Australia 7s
7.30pm Scotland 7s v Wales 7s
Sunday 3 March