The feature event of what is a manic week of top quality rugby is almost upon us, as teams embark on final preparations for the 2017 Hong Kong Sevens. Amid a flurry of sporting activity, including the Hong Kong Tens, the biggest hitters in world sevens rugby do battle this weekend in what is widely regarded as one of the most iconic events on the circuit.
And of course Scotland are competing, aiming to find some of the form that made them so dangerous in the HSBC World Series’ opening rounds. Having won their first ever event last year at Twickenham, Calum MacRae’s men made a superb start to the 2016/17 season, picking up 44 points from the opening three rounds at Dubai, Cape Town and Wellington.
A mixture of illness and injury has starved the side of any consistency in terms of selection, although there is an exciting blend of talent on show this coming weekend. Grayson Hart, Blair Kinghorn and exciting new Edinburgh signing Darcy Graham will feature for Scotland for the first time in this format, whilst Robbie Nairn also joins up.
Scotland will be skippered by Scott Wight and Hugh Blake, and will face USA, Russia and Argentina in Pool D of the competition in what appears to be a relatively generous group stage draw.
Speaking earlier in the week, Head Coach MacRae said: ““Having lost Scott Riddell to injury, it’s great to have Hugh Blake co-captaining the squad with Scott Wight.
“It is a chance for Hugh to show how much he has developed as a person and a leader.
“We have three new caps in Darcy Graham, Grayson Hart and Blair Kinghorn, all of whom understand the work ethic that is expected and required.
“This is a great opportunity as part of their development to put a marker down and show what they are about.”