Scott Bickerstaff and Femi Sofolarin to make Scotland 7s debuts

Ciaran Beattie's side compete in this season's World Rugby 7s Series opener in Dubai this weekend and then head to Cape Town next weekend

Scott Bickerstaff is set to make his debut on the World Rugby Sevens circuit for Scotland in Dubai this weekend. Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson
Scott Bickerstaff is set to make his debut on the World Rugby Sevens circuit for Scotland in Dubai this weekend. Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson

MARR winger Scott Bickerstaff and English convert Femi Sofolarin are set to make their Scotland 7s debut in Dubai this weekend. Jed-Forest’s Callum Young could also make his first appearance on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series circuit as he will travel with the squad as 13th man.

Scotland will compete in Pool B of the Dubai event alongside last year’s finalists USA, Australia and Ireland, who are now core members of the series.

“The effort and application I’ve seen from this group so far has been exemplary,” said head coach Ciaran Beattie. “They have bought into the way we want to train and approach games, so it’s about putting into place our structures and expressing ourselves to the very best of our ability.”

Scotland 7s poach back Femi Sofolarin from under England’s noses

That was the month that was: November 2019

Tennent’s Premiership Leaderboard – at start of December

Robbie Fergusson will captain the side. “It’s a huge honour to represent Scotland and being captain is something that I’m very proud of,” he said. “We’re a tight-knit group that have trained hard over the past few months and we’re all excited to test ourselves against the most talented sevens players in the world.

“As a group, we want to show progression throughout the season, starting with these opening two tournaments in Dubai and Cape Town.”

Dougie Fife, who has been released by Edinburgh, and Young are the only members of the group who are not core members of the Scotland 7s core squad.

Scotland 7s squad for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series events in Dubai (5th-7th December) and Cape Town (13th-15th Decmber): Scott Bickerstaff (debutant), Kyle Rowe (2 caps), Alec Coombes (10 caps), Robbie Ferguson© (19 caps), Harvey Elms (15), Tom Brown (2), Dougie Fife (16), Femi Sofolarin (debutant), Sam Pecqueur (10 caps), Gavin Lowe (34 caps), Max McFarland (20 caps), Ross McCann (11 caps).

13th man: Callum Young (no caps)

That was the month that was: November 2019


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David Barnes
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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.