JAMIE FARNDALE has been named as captain the Scotland squad ahead of the return to HSBC World Sevens Series action with tournaments in Malaga and Seville later this month.
The 27-year-old will lead a 13-player squad containing some experienced names in the form of Team GB Olympian Ross McCann, Gavin Lowe, Harvey Elms, Paddy Kelly and Lee Jones, who returns to the Scotland 7s set-up for the first time since 2018.
Six players are set to make their Scotland 7s debuts in Spain in the shape of Matt Davidson, Jordan Edmunds, Jacob Henry, Finn Callaghan, Grant Hughes and Reiss Cullen.
Scotland have been drawn in Pool A of the Malaga leg, alongside South Africa, England and Fiji, with results at that event determining the make-up of Seville a week later.
“Having named our core squad in December, we are thrilled to be sending a group of players to Malaga and Seville to start such an important year for Scotland 7s,” said head coach Ciaran Beattie.
“We have worked extremely hard over the past few weeks inpreparation for these first legs of 2022, in the knowledge that the series will be as competitive as ever.”
Scotland 7s squad for HSBC World Sevens Series events in Malaga and Seville –
(Scotland 7s events in brackets):
- Kaleem Barreto (2)
- Finn Callaghan (0)*
- Reiss Cullen (0)
- Matt Davidson (0)
- Jordan Edmunds (0)
- Harvey Elms (21)
- Jamie Farndale (43) Captain
- Jacob Henry (0)*
- Grant Hughes (0)
- Lee Jones (25)
- Paddy Kelly (4)
- Gavin Lowe (40)
- Ross McCann (16)
*Denotes FOSROC Academy player
Pool A fixtures, Malaga, all times GMT –
- Friday 21 January
- Scotland 7s v South Africa 7s, 12:12pm
- Scotland 7s v England 7s, 4:34pm
- Saturday 22 January
- Scotland 7s v Fiji 7s, 11:55am
Remaining matches determined by pool placings.