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Seymour relishing sevens test

Scotland wing Tommy Seymour does not believe his lack of sevens experience will hamper him at this summer's Commonwealth Games.

The eight-cap international will swap the 15-a-side game for the abbreviated version in two months after being named in a 12-man squad for Glasgow 2014.

Ahead of Ibrox group-stage clashes with New Zealand, Canada and Barbados on July 26, t he 25-year-old admits his sevens CV is short on detail.

Seymour, however, insists his performances for both Scotland and club side Glasgow, coupled with some handy hints from his team-mates and coach Stevie Gemmell, will help him take to the shorter game with ease.

He said: "My sevens history is non-existent really. Apart from a minor tournament here or there there is nothing major.

"So it's a new challenge and I will give it a good bash. I'm excited about it - it couldn't be playing on a better stage than Ibrox.

"I've been getting a lot of information from the other guys at Glasgow and Scotland who have had a go at sevens this year. They have all enjoyed it and I'm sure I will too.

"I've had a good year with Scotland and the Warriors and I'll be speaking to a lot of the guys over the next few weeks so I'm sure I will handle the transition."

Seymour earned his first Scotland XVs cap against South Africa last summer and featured in three of the Dark Blues' RBS 6 Nations clashes this year.

But before he can start focusing on the Games, he still has the small matter of Glasgow's RaboDirect Pro 12 final against Leinster in Dublin a week on Saturday before he jets out for new Scotland coach Vern Cotter's first two games in charge against the US and Canada next month.

"I could not have asked for a better 12 months," he said. "I got my first cap last summer, played a lot of games for Scotland and club wise, things have been amazing.

"Glasgow is where I spent the majority of my time and the fact the boys around me are enjoying their rugby so much is great for me too.

"It's been exciting but there is still a lot to do before the Games. We have the Rabo final next week and the Scotland tour to come first, so I won't have too much time to sit and get nervous about running out at Ibrox."

Like Seymour, fellow Scotland international and Warriors team-mate Sean Lamont has been drafted in to help the Scots' medal bid ahead of the Commonwealths.

The 86-cap wing, however, has sevens experience after competing in the Manchester games of 2002, while Richie Vernon - another full international with 20 outings in dark blue - is helping out too after taking part in the recent Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s at Scotstoun.

Also named in the 12-man squad are skipper Colin Gregor, Roddy Grant, Colin Shaw, Lee Jones, Mark Bennett - a Scotland B cap - James Johnstone, James Eddie, Scott Riddell and Scott Wight.

Coach Gemmell said: "I was tasked with assembling a squad capable of medalling at the Games and I believe I have done that. I'm confident that this will be the strongest and best prepared sevens team Scotland has ever put out there.

"The conversations about getting access to the likes of Sean and Tommy have been going on for a while.

"I picked a squad that I thought was capable of doing the job then I had to go and make the approaches. But all along I've been confident that the support of Scottish Rugby was there to enable us to do the job.

"After that, it's about having the conversations with the players, because it is important that the guys here want to be part of it.

"I didn't have to fight very hard to get them and it's massive boost. They are international calibre with skills that can be transferred into sevens."

Scotland Sevens squad for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: Richie Vernon, James Eddie, James Johnstone, Roddy Grant, Scott Riddell, Colin Shaw, Lee Jones, Colin Gregor (captain), Scott Wight, Mark Bennett, Sean Lamont, Tommy Seymour.


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