The interim head coach of the Scotland Sevens has quickly made his feelings felt by naming two uncapped players in his 13-man squad for this weekend’s HSBC World Sevens Series in London.
The pair, who are both a part of the Fosroc Academy, were the biggest shocks in the squad. Kyle Rowe and Kaleem Barreto are now likely to make their sevens debuts for Scotland in the competition, and it is likely to be a hard task ahead of the Scots to get out of the group at Twickenham.
They are drawn against hosts, England, New Zealand and the in-form Irish team. The London competition will mark the ninth and penultimate leg of the series before it moves to France for the final stage.
Barreto won’t be fazed by the competition having featured in the Tennant’s Premiership this season for the Glasgow Hawks.
Meanwhile, Rowe has already had a taste of success this season by winning the double of the Premiership and Scottish Cup with Ayr. He was a vital member of their team and scored three tries across both finals and was named as the Man of the Match as his team beat Heriot’s earlier this season.
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The new faces are also joined by Tom Brown and the 10 core members of the squad for the competition this weekend.
Speaking to Scottish Rugby, Forrest said: “Coming in, all the detail was already in place from previous tournaments, it has just been a case of making sure the team are in the right place heading into London.
“I’ve been really impressed with them. They’re a relatively young group but there’s a lot of experience in there, and they’re clear on what they want to achieve.
“It’s a tough group but that’s the nature of the World Series, there are now no easy pool games, but we’re raring to go and looking forward to that first game against New Zealand.”
Scotland Squad: Ally Miller, Nyle Godsmark, Alec Coombes, Robbie Ferguson, Tom Brown, Glenn Bryce, Jamie Farndale, Kaleem Barreto, Sam Pecqueur, Gavin Lowe, Max McFarland, Kyle Lowe, Ross McCann.
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