SCOTTISH RUGBY: Nayacavou to replace injured Dean in Sevens Side
Scotland 7s head coach Stephen Gemmell has been forced to make a late change to the party that will travel to the Gold Coast for the first round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Forward Chris Dean drops out of the squad having sustained an ankle injury in the last training session prior to the trip. Heriot’s’ Joseva Nayacavou becomes the second uncapped player in the 12 as he replaces Dean.
Gemmell said: “We’re disappointed to lose Chris who has performed well over the last six months on the world circuit. I wish him a speedy recovery.
“This does however provide an opportunity for Jo who has been with the squad full-time throughout pre-season. He has shown up well in training and he has been given opportunities in Lyon and Bucharest where he has demonstrated he will be a strong addition to the squad.”
Scotland 7s’ opponents on the Gold Coast are Samoa; hosts Australia and Argentina in Pool D. Timings for the three group matches are as follows. Australia at 4.04am, Samoa at 6.58am and then Argentina at 9.08am (all UK time).
Scotland 7s team to play in the Gold Coast 7s on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October: Scott Riddell (captain), Michael Fedo, Struan Dewar, Alex Glashan, Michael Maltman, Mark Robertson, Andrew Turnbull, John Houston, James Johnstone, Joseva Nayacavou, James Fleming and Gregor Young.
Not available due to injury: Chris Dean (ankle), Colin Gregor (calf), Neil Herron (knee), Colin Shaw (shoulder), Russell Weir (knee) and Lewis Young (shoulder).