CIARAN BEATTIE has named his Scotland squad for the Rugby World Cup Sevens which will be held at Cape Town Stadium in South Africa this weekend.
Jamie Farndale continues captaincy duties at what will be his second Rugby World Cup Sevens after featuring in 2018, during which he scored an extra time, length-of-the-pitch winner against France as Scotland recorded a seventh-place finish in San Francisco.
The other player with previous Rugby World Cup Sevens experience is Harvey Elms, who was also part of the 2018 squad.
The remainder of Beattie’s 12-strong group contains a number of players who featured in Los Angeles in the World Rugby Sevens Series finale at the end of August, with Kaleem Barreto, Matt Davidson, Lee Jones, Femi Sofolarin, Paddy Kelly, Callum Young, Finn Callaghan and Reiss Cullen selected. Meanwhile, former West of Scotland and GHA man Aaron Puerwal will make his Scotland 7s debut, and Edinburgh flyer Freddy Owsley returns to the squad having featured in the Toulouse and London tournaments earlier this year.
Injury has ruled out Ross McCann, Jordan Edmunds, Alec Coombes and Grant Hughes, while Robbie Fergusson is unavailable due to his partner expecting their second child.
Scotland play Jamaica in the Pre-Round of 16 on Friday 9th September at 8.51am (BST), with all further matches over the course of the weekend determined by results in the knock-out format used at a Rugby World Cup Sevens. The event is being broadcast live in the UK on ITV.
“This is one of the landmark events in the global sevens calendar and we are focussed on making a big impression,” said Beattie. “It’s important that we end the sevens season well and the players are intent on delivering their best performance in a Scotland shirt.”
Scotland 7s squad for Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town, South Africa, 9-11 September 2022:
- Jamie Farndale (captain)
- Kaleem Barreto
- Finn Callaghan
- Reiss Cullen
- Matt Davidson
- Harvey Elms
- Lee Jones
- Paddy Kelly
- Freddie Owsley
- Aaron Purewal
- Femi Sofolarin
- Callum Young