DARCY GRAHAM, one of the brightest young prospects in Scottish rugby, has been added to the national Sevens squad to compete in Hong Kong this weekend. He is one of three new faces named by head coach Calum MacRae for the showcase event.
Glasgow Warriors’ Grayson Hart and Edinburgh Rugby’s Blair Kinghorn will also make their debut for the team.
Graham, who came through the ranks in his native Hawick, recently signed a professional contract to play for Edinburgh next season.
Scotland Under-20 and Harlequins winger Robbie Nairn, who has played for the Sevens team twice before, also joins the squad.
“Having lost Scott Riddell to injury, it’s great to have Hugh Blake co-captaining the squad with Scott Wight. It is a chance for Hugh to show how much he has developed as a person and a leader,” said MacRae.
“We have three new caps in Darcy Graham, Grayson Hart and Blair Kinghorn, all of whom understand the work ethic that is expected and required. This is a great opportunity as part of their development to put a marker down and show what they are about. With Robbie Nairn and Ally Miller making selection it’s a younger but very able group.”
“Heading into the back half of the series, it’s been important that we maintain focus on improving aspects of our own performance. Hong Kong is the tournament everyone raises their game for and it’s a great challenge starting this Friday.”
Scotland 7s fixtures in the seventh leg of the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series in Hong Kong, Friday 7 – Sunday 9 April (kick-off times in GMT) –
11.44am – Argentina 7s v Scotland 7s
5.26am – USA 7s v Scotland 7s
9.02am – Scotland 7s v Russia 7s
Scotland 7s squad to compete in Hong Kong (World Series tournaments in brackets) –
1. GRAYSON HART (0)
2. DOUGIE FIFE (12)
3. ALLY MILLER (2)
4. DARCY GRAHAM (0)
5. BLAIR KINGHORN (0)
6. MARK ROBERTSON (53)
7. JAMIE FARNDALE (17)
8. JO NAYACAVOU (23)
9. HUGH BLAKE (12) CO-CAPTAIN
10. SCOTT WIGHT (26) CO-CAPTAIN
11. JAMES FLEMING (39)
12. ROBERT BEATTIE (3)
13. ROBBIE NAIRN (2)