Maestro Backs Scotland 7S Ahead Of Final Legs
Living sevens legend Waisale Serevi has tipped the strengthened Scotland 7s team to make a big impact in the final two legs of the IRB Sevens World Series.Renowned for his superb skills in the abbreviated code of rugby, Serevi, the most decorated Fijian rugby player, represented his country 39 times from 1989 to 2003 and is rated as the undisputed King of Sevens and the greatest sevens rugby player of all time.Nick-named the magician, the wizard, the maestro and the master, Serevi recently returned to Scotland for the Mathon Melrose 7s and was buoyed by the news of Scotland’s all-star team selection which includes full internationalists Thom Evans and Ally Hogg.”These players, I think, are a bonus for the team and I thank the Scottish Rugby Union for bringing them in”, said Serevi.”Performance is important to all club or international supporters – they always enjoy watching their team win a game or a tournament, it is very important. I hope that the Scotland team might bring a few surprises like they did last year when they beat Fiji.”Scotland leave Edinburgh for London tomorrow (Wednesday 20 May) for the penultimate leg in the IRB Sevens World Series before returning for the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s Festival on 30 and 31 May at Murrayfield.Serevi added: “Scotland can win the Edinburgh 7s but they need the support of the people in Scotland to come in numbers to support their national team playing at home.”Coming here, to where 7s started 126 years ago, I think it is an honour and a privilege for the players – this is where sevens started so to have the last leg of the IRB 7s circuit in Edinburgh is very good.”The Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens Festival is the eighth and final leg of the IRB Sevens World Series. It will be held at Murrayfield on 30 and 31 May 2009. Tickets for each day of the Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens Festival – priced at£15 for adults,£10 for students and senior citizens and£5 for under 18s – are available to by logging onto www.scottishrugbytickets.com by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0871 200 1511 (open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday) or in person from the Murrayfield Ticket Centre, Roseburn Street, Edinburgh (open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).Rugby Sevens will be one of the showpiece events of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s is just one of four major events happening at Murrayfield, the home of Scottish Rugby, in MaySaturday 2 and Sunday 3 May: Rugby League’s Magic Weekend Sunday 10 May: Scottish Hydro Electric Cup Finals Day Saturday 23 May: The Heineken Cup Final Saturday 30 and Sunday 31: Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s Festival Scottish Rugby has worked extensively with event partners Event Scotland, Visit Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council, to fully promote the world-class events coming to Murrayfield to ensure that everybody attending is fully aware of what Edinburgh as a city has to offer both the resident and the visitor. Event Scotland – www.eventscotland.orgEventScotland is working to make Scotland one of the world’s leading event destinations. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. Visit Scotland – www.visitscotland.comVisitScotland is Scotland’s national tourism organisation. Its core purpose is to maximise the economic benefit of tourism to Scotland.The organisation has three key roles: 1. To market Scotland to all parts of the world to attract visitors 2. To provide information – and inspiration – to visitors and potential visitors so they get the best out of a visit to Scotland 3. To provide quality assurance to visitors and quality advice to the industry and partners to help the industry meet and strive to exceed customer expectations City of Edinburgh Council – www.edinburgh.gov.ukA capital like no other450,000 people. One city. Countless opportunities.Edinburgh is known across the world as Scotland’s festival capital, business capital, and culture capital. The city is home to the Scottish Parliament and some of the most iconic landmarks on the planet. Nearly half a million people call the city home, and we serve each and every one of them, making sure the city is a great place to live, work and enjoy.Edinburgh is a unique city, a vibrant city, a growing city, an evolving city. It’s a city that’s at the heart of Europe and the heart of a nation.