Four changes for Scotland

Watson, Kennedy, McGuigan and Harkness all called up

Last Updated: 23/01/12 7:14am

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Sean Kennedy: Set to make his Sevens debut in Wellington

Sean Kennedy: Set to make his Sevens debut in Wellington

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Scotland coach Graham Shiel has opted to make four changes to his squad for the latest round of action in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

After the Christmas break, the Series heads to Wellington and then Las Vegas next month - with Scotland keen to build on their Bowl success in the opening three legs.

Hamish Watson, Sean Kennedy and Byron McGuigan are all poised to make their Sevens debuts after being called up, while there is a return to the set-up for Fraser Harkness.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Struan Dewar, Kerr Gossman and Ross Miller all make way. Hidalgo-Clyne is involved in the Under-20s side and Dewar is struggling with a hamstring injury, while Gossman and Miller have been dropped.

Shiel said: "I picked this squad taking into consideration their performances in training, as well as picking a few new faces to freshen things up and give the guys an opportunity to see what they can do.

Physical

"Overall I believe the squad has a big physical threat, a lot of speed and agile players.

"The debutants are all very different players. Sean was very unfortunate having to withdraw from the last tournaments through injury, but he is fit, quick, has excellent passing skills and has a big, big engine. Hamish as well, he is a bit of a buzz bomb with a high work rate and on the ball he is very aggressive.

"Finally, Byron has been with us for only a short period of time but he has fitted in really well and brings a different dimension to the game than we already have to offer. He is very good in attack and looks comfortable in defence."

Scotland will meet hosts - and Series leaders - New Zealand, Samoa and Japan in Pool A on Friday, February 3 in Wellington.

They then travel to Las Vegas to compete in the tournament on February 10-11.

Scotland: Hamish Watson, James Eddie, Adam Ashe, Scott Riddell, Michael Fedo, Sean Kennedy, Fraser Harkness, Colin Gregor (captain), Peter Horne, Byron McGuigan, James Fleming, Andrew Turnbull

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