Sevens teams for Commonwealth Games announced

Lee Jones makes it four in a row

The Scotland teams to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham later this month have been unveiled. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
The Scotland teams to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham later this month have been unveiled. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

THE Sevens squads which will represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham later this month have been announced.

In the men’s team, Lee Jones has been selected for his fourth Games having featured at Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014 and the Gold Coast in 2018.

Meanwhile, this will be the first time Team Scotland have been able to enter a women’s team after Scott Forrest’s side earned an invite through the 2021 Rugby Europe Sevens Championship Series, where they finished in fourth place.


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There are four Olympians across the two sides, with Lisa Thomson, Alec Coombes, Robbie Fergusson and Ross McCann all veterans of Tokyo 2020.

Although Birmingham is the host city for the Games, the rugby sevens is being staged at the 32,000-capacity Coventry Stadium, home to Wasps and Coventry City FC, from Friday July 29th to Sunday July 31st.

“To get selected for the Commonwealth Games is such an honour and it’s hard to believe this will be my fourth,” said Jones. “This is a really talented group and one which I hope to play a small part in the success of in Birmingham.”

Meanwhile, Thomson said: “I’m over the moon to be selected in the first Team Scotland women’s Rugby Sevens side at the Commonwealth Games.

“As a team, we want to inspire the next generation of rugby players and to have the chance to compete on the global stage gives us the perfect opportunity to showcase our sport.

“It’s always a privilege to pull on a Scotland jersey but to be a part of Team Scotland, alongside 17 other sports while being so close to home, it’s extra special.”

Team Scotland Chef de Mission, Elinor Middlemiss, added, “This is a fantastic achievement for our Rugby Sevens players.

“For the women in particular, this is a historic moment and one I know they all take great pride in – representing your country at any time is special but to be the first to represent your country in Rugby Sevens at a Commonwealth Games is extra special.

“There is real strength and depth in these squads and I look forward to watching them play at the Coventry Stadium at the end of July.”

Men’s Team Selection –

  • Jamie Farndale (captain)
  • Alec Coombes
  • Ross McCann
  • Grant Hughes
  • Paddy Kelly
  • Kaleem Barreto
  • Robbie Fergusson
  • Matt Davidson
  • Harvey Elms
  • Lee Jones
  • Jordan Edmunds
  • Femi Sofolarin
  • Jacob Henry
  • Head Coach – Ciaran Beattie

 

Women’s Team Selection –

  • Rachel McLachlan
  • Emma Orr
  • Megan Gaffney
  • Eilidh Sinclair
  • Evie Gallagher
  • Lisa Thomson (co-captain)
  • Helen Nelson (co-captain)
  • Caity Mattinson
  • Chloe Rollie
  • Meryl Smith
  • Shona Campbell
  • Liz Musgrove
  • Rhona Lloyd
  • Head Coach – Scott Forrest

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2 Comments

  1. Good luck to the U21s…..However The thing I’ve never understood is why the best of the U21s and the best of the younger members of Glasgow and Edinburgh (Hutchison, Currie, Dobie, Boyle, Muncaster, Savala, Brown, etc etc) aren’t selected to enhance their experience/skill base.
    Or Is it almost like a different entity not supposed to be a sort of conduit to the pro ranks/Scotland team

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    • I don’t know why you have a couple of negative comments, it’s seems a reasonable question when you look at George Horne and Darcy Graham [and no doubt others] I am fairly sure both of them came from the 7’s squad in previous years.

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