Riddell reaches 70 World Series events as Scots begin 2019 in NZ

Scott Riddell will play in his 70th World Series event this weekend in Hamilton, New Zealand, as Scotland look to build on a good start to 2018/19.

The Scots reached the quarter-finals of both the Dubai and South Africa events before Christmas to put them in seventh place in the standings with eight tournaments remaining.

The third tournament is in Hamilton and head coach John Dalziel has given his squad a vote of confidence by picking the same 12 that took part in those first couple of events.

Alec Coombes has returned from injury and replaces Mungo Mason as the replacement travelling with the squad.

Dalziel said:  “Training has gone well and we have an almost full squad to pick from which is great credit to our support staff and the conditioning of the players.

“We are starting to get a settled group with some key relationships starting to form and hope that consistency in selection will drive more consistency in our delivery.

“We are also building real competition for places and our players are now catching the eye of the pro team coaches. It’s testament to the programme that we can select this this group of players and also support the pro sides during international windows.”

After New Zealand the squad travel onto Australia for event four.

Three to watch

Scott Riddell

He may be 33, but the work ethic that this guy has means that he is still a key member of this ever-evolving squad.

Riddell brings a calmness to proceedings in the fraught world of sevens and is the organiser in defence along with Nyle Godsmark.

Nyle Godsmark

The 26-year-old from Selkirk has made himself a key member of this squad. Now with 20 World Series events under his belt he is becoming a more commanding figure.

In defence he is a hard man to get past while his link play was impressive last time out in South Africa.


Harvey Elms

 The 23-year-old from North Berwick seems to be enjoying learning the playmaker role alongside Gavin Lowe and he learnt a lot last year.

A great option off the bench and has real power in those legs.

Scotland squad for New Zealand (World Series appearances in brackets)

 Scott Riddell (69)

Nyle Godsmark (20)

Kyle Steyn (4)

Robbie Fergusson (C-C) (11)

Harvey Elms (9)

Glenn Bryce (18)

Jamie Farndale (C-C) (33)

Jo Nayacavou (38)

Sam Pecqueur (3)

Gavin Lowe (26)

Max McFarland (12)

Ross McCann (4)

13th man: Alec Coombes (4)

 Scotland fixtures (UK time)

Friday, January 25

v France (9pm)

Saturday, January 26

v Kenya (0.48am)

v South Africa 7s (5.22am)

Day two fixtures TBC

Thanks to World Rugby and the Scottish Rugby Twitter for the images

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