Darcy Graham and George Horne in sevens squad for Commonwealth Games

To represent Team Scotland in the Games is a huge honour

Darcy Graham in action for Edinburgh. Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson.

TWO of Scottish rugby’s brightest prospects have been drafted into the national sevens squad for next month’s Commonwealth Games in Australia. Darcy Graham and George Horne, who have enjoyed some exceptional performances this season with Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors respectively, are part of a 13-man squad selected by head coach John Dalziel for Gold Coast 2018.

Back-three player Graham is joined by Edinburgh team-mate Glenn Bryce, while scrum-half Horne has three Warriors team-mates for company – Matt Fagerson, Ruaridh Jackson and Lee Jones. The others who have been selected are core members of the sevens squad: Jamie Farndale, James Fleming, Nyle Godsmark, Gavin Lowe, Max McFarland, Joe Nayacavou and captain Scott Riddell. Both Riddell and Jones have competed at the last two Commonwealth Games, in Delhi in 2010 then Glasgow four years ago.

“Selection has been very tough, given the talent and depth of players we have in Scotland,” said Dalziel after announcing his group – the final batch of athletes to be named in Team Scotland, which now has a total of 224 competitors.

“The challenge for this group will be how well we can come together over the next few days and weeks, to give ourselves the best opportunity to be competitive for Team Scotland at the Gold Coast Games.

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“To represent Team Scotland in a Commonwealth Games is a huge honour for everyone involved and I’d like to thank Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby for their continued support, ensuring we have assembled our country’s leading sevens exponents.

“It is great to welcome back some of Scotland’s leading talent, who have previously represented Scotland 7s and have developed into top 15-a-side players, and combine them with our elite, core sevens players, who have been competing on the World Series.”

The squad flies out to Hong Kong next week to begin preparations for the seventh, Hong Kong leg of the HSBC World Series, which takes place from 6 to 8 April. In the Games themselves they will compete in Pool A against Papua New Guinea, Malaysia and South Africa, with the group winners qualifying for the semi-finals. That competition runs for three days from 13 April.

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