Scotland need positive display at Glasgow Sevens to avoid play-off in London

Last Updated: 01/04/13 10:12am

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Mark Robertson tries to break away from the England defence during the Hong Kong Sevens

Mark Robertson tries to break away from the England defence during the Hong Kong Sevens

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England and Scotland will clash on the HSBC Sevens World Series once again after they were paired together at the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens on May 4-5.

The auld enemies will also face New Zealand and Portugal at Scotstoun Stadium - with the tournament crucial for Scotland's hopes on the series.

HSBC Sevens World Series standings

1 New Zealand 132
2 South Africa 100
3 Fiji 98
4 Samoa 94
5= France 77
5= Kenya 77
7 Walest 68
8= Argentina 62
8= Australia 62
10 England 58
11 Canada 54
12= Scotland 46
12= United States 46
14 Portugal 34
15 Spain 25

The teams ranked 13th, 14th and 15th in the series rankings after the tournament will face a play-off with Hong Kong, Russia, Zimbabwe, Tonga and Georgia for next season's core places.

Scotland are currently joint 12th with the USA, with Portugal and Spain chasing hard.

Scotland head coach Stephen Gemmell said: "We're in a position now where we have a tough draw in Glasgow and our day one target remains: Cup qualification. We are at home and we have to take advantage of that. We need a big home crowd behind us.


"We must front up. It will be a big month now for us as a group but we need to get everything right to give ourselves the opportunity.

"If we pull out six performances of the quality we're capable of, we'll be fine, but the key for us is consistency."

Wales are safe in the knowledge that their place is secure, however they will face France, the USA and Russia in their pool in Glasgow.

Tokyo champions South Africa head Pool A and will tackle Samoa, Kenya and Canada, while Australia have been drawn against Hong Kong champions Fiji, Argentina and Spain.

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