Dean eager for Tokyo challenge

It has been a wet week in Japan, but not much will be able to dampen the mood of Scotland 7s centre, Chris Dean.

Chris Dean for Scotland under-20 v EnglandThe 20-year-old, has this week signed a pro-contract with Edinburgh Rugby, while in Tokyo for his eighth HSBC Sevens World Series tournament.

He said: “It has been a really good week, there was a bit of jetlag to get over initially but we have all coped with that well and have since just been cracking on with training.”

Dean was selected for the opening 2013/14 series event on the Gold Coast but had to drop out before travelling due to injury; he was then involved in Dubai in November, helping the side to a place in the Cup quarter-finals. So far, Dean has scored six tries across the World Series and the Rugby World Cup 7s.

His performances in Dubai won him an opportunity with Scotland under-20 in the 6 Nations, where he scored a try off the bench v England. Dean continued:

I’ve had a few niggling injuries this year, but it’s great to be back and I’m feeling really fit.  I really enjoyed my experience with Scotland under-20, it has added another element to my game as I compete for selection for this summer's Commonwealth Games.”

Scotland 7s will meet some formidable opponents in England (1.44am), Australia (5.24am) and Spain (9.14am) on day one (Saturday 22 March) in Tokyo.  All times are local.

Dean concluded: “England have made a few changes to their squad, but they are filled with quality players, for instance Dan Norton just keeps scoring tries.

“Australia are a young team with plenty of experience and they come at you hard while Spain may be the lowest seed but they are always strong.

Our focus, though, is to get out of the group and qualify for the Cup tournament on day two, so we need to start well.”

Back in Scotland this Sunday (23 March) some Scotland 7s professionals will be out and about drumming up support for the Glasgow 7s tournament in May (Saturday 3 and Sunday 4).  They will be dropping in to mini and midi tournaments at Cumbernauld, GHA, Cambuslang, Kilmarnock, Whitecraigs and Helensburgh rugby clubs conducting a rugby challenge which will see one club win a coaching session with Chris Paterson!

To keep up-to-date with all going on with Scotland 7s both in Scotland and in the next two rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series follow @Scotlandteam on Twitter, subscribe to www.youtube.com/scottishrugbyonline and visit our website www.scottishrugby.org/scotland-squads/scotland-sevens.

Scotland 7s squad to compete in Tokyo 7s (Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March): Scott Riddell, Finlay Gillies (Glasgow Warriors), Mark Robertson, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Chris Dean, Andrew Turnbull, Michael Maltman, *Neil Herron, Scott Wight (Glasgow Warriors), James Johnstone and Joeseva Nayacavou (Heriot’s and British Army).

Notes to editors

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@Glasgow7s 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:

  • The HSBC Sevens World Series is a globally recognised event featuring 16 international teams, 15 core and one invitational per tournament, from across the globe.
  • Glasgow joins the Gold Coast, Dubai, Port Elizabeth, Wellington, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and London in hosting the competition between 2012 and 2014.
  • Scotstoun Stadium will host 30,000 fans over two days of competition in the penultimate leg of the circuit.
  • Glasgow is the host city of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the HSBC Sevens World Series is a key part in creating a legacy for the games.