Scotland 7s A lot can change in 2 years

May 22, 2017

2 years ago, Scotland 7s was in a state of disarray.

After losing their leg of the HSBC World Series and the team looked destined for disbandment, which of course caused uncertainty for the many players, who were left dangling in limbo, as their rugby futures were decided for them.

It seemed rather inconceivable; to think that the birth place of this scintillating and rapidly growing game, were considering pulling the plug on their national representatives but it appeared to be a very likely result. 

However, thanks to a petition signed by a large proportion of Scottish rugby fans, the team's future was confirmed and the Scotland 7s enthusiasts could breathe a sigh of relief. 

Fast Forward 2 Years

The landscape of Scottish rugby 7s is rather different.

Although remaining 7th in the standings, which is around the same position as when the squad was threatened with disbandment, the team reached the recent Paris 7s final, defeating the reigning Olympic Champions, Fiji, in the process.

However, perhaps the most incredible feat of the Scottish 7s side to date, occurred this past weekend on the rather fitting, hallow turf of Twickenham. 21-0 down to New Zealand at half time meant that retaining their 2016 Twickenham title appeared pretty ominous.

Yet, a quite remarkable 2nd half display, saw the boys in blue overcome the deficit and record their first ever win against the All Blacks, with the match ending 24-21! That, followed by a last gasp victory against Mike Friday’s Team USA in the semis, set up a final against the auld enemy; which they won 12-7 through a try from captain, Scott Riddel.

They had retained their London 7s title and won their second title in as many years…sheer justification for the continuation of the Scotland 7s side. 

The victory was a fine send off for Scotland 7s legends, Mark Robertson and Scott Wight, who are hanging up their boots after many years of service, as well as coach Callum Macrae. Although they will be hugely missed within the Scottish ranks, the future looks bright for this team – 7s in Scotland is here to stay!

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