Today marks 100 days to go until the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s (3-4 May) at Scotstoun Stadium, but slightly closer in Scotland 7s’ sights is this weekend’s Las Vegas 7s.
This weekend will be the first time in ten months that 23-year-old Russell Weir will pull on the national jersey for the shortened game, following a knee injury.
“I’ve been setting myself mini goals to achieve as I have recovered, but the main and most important target I set was to get back onto the international stage,” said Weir.
The playmaker is well aware of how big a year 2014 is with penultimate HSBC Sevens World Series event taking place in Glasgow for a third time and a home Commonwealth Games in the summer (26-27 July).
However, he is determined to focus on one tournament at a time, with Group B in Las Vegas his primary focus, where the Scots take-on Fiji (1.06am), New Zealand (3.40am) and Australia (8.22pm). Though over two days all Scotland’s group games will land on Saturday 25 January, for a UK audience.
He continued: “There is definitely an added buzz, in camp, in the knowledge there is a Commonwealth Games coming up, but I don’t like to get too far ahead of myself.
We, as a squad, are focussing on one tournament at a time and hopefully in doing that each of us can do what it takes to achieve our collective and individual targets.
“Firstly, we have a big group in Las Vegas. No group is easy on this circuit and we know we have to be at our best to win these games and reach the Cup stage of the competition.”
With only six weeks between Scotland 7s departing South Africa to then boarding the plane for the Nevada desert, it has been an intense period of training.
Weir concluded: “The past month of training has been great. Our contact sessions have had a good bite, as we have replicated match days.
“We have had a hit-out against Canada, here in Las Vegas too, ahead of the weekend, which went well, so confidence is high. We have trained hard over the past month and I’m feeling in good shape for the tournament.”
Scotland 7s squad to compete in the Las Vegas 7s (24-26 January): Scott Riddell, Finlay Gillies (Glasgow Warriors), Struan Dewar, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor (captain), John Houston, Lee Jones (Edinburgh Rugby), Michael Maltman, Russell Weir, Scott Wight (Glasgow Warriors), James Johnstone and Gregor Young.
2014 Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s ticket available NOW!
Tickets for the 2014 Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s tournament, the eighth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, are available now on general sale, starting from only £20 per person and £10 for under-18s, students and senior citizens.
Tickets are on sale for designated stands and for designated days, with weekend passes also available from £35. Family tickets (two adults and two under-18s) can be bought for £45. Buy tickets now. The 2014 event is circus-themed, with all supporters encouraged to come in fancy dress and join in the party spirit!
For all the up-to-date news and information on next year’s tournament visit www.scottishrugby.org and follow @Glasgow 7s on Twitter.
2014 Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s
Scotland are hosting the penultimate leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, for a third year, at The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s at Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May 2014.
The event, led by Scottish Rugby, is a partnership with Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government and Event Scotland with the assistance of sportscotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau: