Big guns back for Moscow

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Scot­land are in Moscow for the sec­ond round of the FIRA-AER Euro­pean Grand Prix Sev­ens Se­ries as part of their prepa­ra­tions for the Com­mon­wealth Games tour­na­ment at Ibrox next month, writes Alan Lorimer.

For this tour­na­ment, con­tested by the 12 na­tions which took part in the first round in Lyon three weeks ago, Stephen Gem­mell, the coach, has re­called key play­ers in Roddy Grant, Mark Ben­nett, Lee Jones, James Ed­die and Scott Rid­dell to try to cre­ate team co­he­sion.

“It’s im­por­tant that these play­ers come to­gether now in a com­pet­i­tive sit­u­a­tion,” he said. “This weekend’s tour­na­ment will sharpen our fo­cus again be­fore we move into prepa­ra­tion camp in Stir­ling in a week’s time, then our fi­nal com­pe­ti­tion [Sev­ens in the City] in Lon­don, on Satur­day July 12.”

Scot­land are in Pool B with Ger­many, Por­tu­gal and Bel­gium which may sound straight­for­ward but Bel­gium showed how rapidly they are im­prov­ing in sev­ens by fin­ish­ing run­ners-up to France in Lyon three weeks ago af­ter a run that in­cluded wins over Scot­land and Eng­land.

Scot­land, were sec­ond in their pool in Lyon but lost to Rus­sia in the cup quar­ter-fi­nal on the sec­ond day, be­fore go­ing on to win the plate with de­feats of Ger­many and Ge­or­gia. SQUAD. Scot­land 7s S Rid­dell, R Grant

S De­war, J Johnstone, C Gre­gor, M Ben­nett A Turn­bull, N Gods­mark G Young, L Young, L Jones J Ed­die Pool A France, Eng­land, Ge­or­gia, Ro­ma­nia Pool B Scot­land, Bel­gium, Ger­many, Por­tu­gal Pool C Rus­sia, Wales, Spain, Italy

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