The nominated team of 12, contains seven players who played in the Edinburgh leg of the 2010 IRB Sevens World Series at the end of May, finishing 5th, and an additional two players who played in the team which achieved back to back semi-final places in London and Edinburgh in the 2009 Tournament. All the nominated players have previously played in successful Scotland 7s teams including one who played in the 2006 Commonwealth Games. There are six Scotland A caps in the squad and one full Scotland internationalist.
Based on both results from both the 2009 Rugby World Cup 7s and the IRB Sevens World Series during a three year period, CGS is satisfied that Scotland 7s has met the selection criteria, demonstrating the potential to finish in the top eight at the Commonwealth Games and that this has now been backed up with a squad of players capable of delivering such a result.
Rugby 7s is one of ten core sports at the Commonwealth Games and made its debut in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, but Manchester in 2002 was the first occasion Scotland entered a team. Now an approved Olympic Sport, included in the 2016 Games, 7s takes on an even greater significance as part of the Commonwealth Games.
In Delhi a total of 16 teams will compete for one gold medal. These teams include reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallists New Zealand, Rugby World Cup champions Wales and IRB Sevens World Series champions Samoa. Scotland will go into the Games seeded eighth by the IRB and will play in pool A, against defending Games champions and top seeds New Zealand, World Series regulars Canada and Caribbean champions Guyana, who also competed on the World Series this season in Las Vegas.
Congratulating the team, Michael Cavanagh, Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland said: “I am absolutely delighted to confirm Rugby 7s selection for Team Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Since their first inclusion in 2002 they have always added a fantastic and unique dimension to the overall team and I am sure this year will be no exception. We are confident that with the squad of players the SRU has nominated, Scotland 7s can compete strongly, despite the challenging opposition they face in pool A. We welcome all the players to Team Scotland and wish them all the best with their final preparations for the competition which gets underway exactly two months today.”
Jon Doig, Team Scotland Chef de Mission added: “The Rugby 7s team has played a strong part in the development of our ‘seventeen sports, one team’ ethos and we know other team members selected look forward to their inclusion in Delhi. Their preparation over the last year has focused on the Games and they are the only 7s team to conduct a site visit. We look forward to these preparations paying off in October.”
On behalf of Scotland 7s, Head Coach Stephen Gemmell said: “We are delighted that our participation in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi has been confirmed today.
”The Commonwealth Games is a major event on the world sporting calendar and Scottish Rugby and Scotland 7s are hugely honoured to be part of it.
“Our preparations will now start in earnest with a view to contributing to a successful Team Scotland in October.”
The Rugby 7s competition will take place on 11 & 12 October 2010 at Delhi University – North Campus.
Athlete Positions Age Lives
Mike Adamson, Scrum-half / Stand-off, 26, Glasgow G5
Alexander Blair, Stand-off, 19, Edinburgh EH5
David Callam, Forward, 27, Edinburgh EH3
Scott Forrest, Forward, 26, Glasgow G41
Chris Fusaro, Forward, 21, Glasgow G3
John Houston, Centre, 27, Edinburgh EH7
Lee Jones, Scrum-half/Winger, 22, Selkirk TD7
Stuart McInally, Forward, 20, Edinburgh EH10
Scott Newlands, Forward, 25, Edinburgh EH10
Hefin O’Hare, Centre/Winger, 31, Glasgow G11
Colin Shaw, Centre/Winger, 27, Glasgow G41
Andrew Turnbull, Winger, 28, Edinburgh EH11
Struan Dewar, Forward, 21, Edinburgh EH12
Peter Horne, Stand-off/Centre/Hooker, 20, Cupar KY15
James King, Stand-off/Centre, 24, Edinburgh EH6
Scott Riddell, Forward, 24, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6