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November 24, 2005

Scotsman Club Sevens

Stu Smith is in the Hawks' squad
The inaugural Scotsman Club Sevens will be staged at Murrayfield on Saturday with the pool matches on the back pitches starting at 10.30am, climaxing with a seven-minute final during the half-time interval of Scotland's match against the All Blacks.

All 12 BT Premiership Division 1 teams will take part

Glasgow Hawks will be sending a strong squad to Murrayfield with Kenny Sinclair who has been out with an injury since May included. Also in the Hawks' squad are Warriors' apprentices Scott Forrest and Iain Kennedy. Stewart Smith who has returned to Hawks after a spell in New Zealand and France, is also set to take part. Sandy Warnock, Steven Duffy, Stuart Low, Steve Gordon, Nick Cox and Ally MacLay make up a powerful squad.

Glasgow Hawks centre Ally Maclay hopes it will be the start of an annual affair.

"Sevens is great for developing players and I enjoy it," he told The Scotsman. "The Borders sevens tournaments are great events and it would be good if we could have a regular national event."

There's a clash of the West at 12.30 when Hawks take on Ayr. The Ayr squad is Murray Richardson, Shule Going, Evan Kellow, Richard McCallum, Stephen Adair, Gordon Tait, Jonnie Manning, James Adams, Stuart Henderson, and Rob Logue.

There are also some familiar names to Glasgow supporters in the other squads taking part.

Aberdeen GSFP: Rod Seib, Rory McKay, John MacKenzie, Martin Stanning, Rob Currie, Tane Jericevich, Ewen Campbell, Danny Waldman, Grant Walker, Fraser Rankine

Biggar: Craig Sorbie, Murray Thomson, Andrew Dunlop, Gary Walkinshaw, Michael Rutherford, Andrew Cairns, Quintan Sanft, Drew Moore, Iain Berthinussen, Stuart Harrison

Boroughmuir: Toby O'Reilly, Charlie Keenan, Andy Hadden, Stephen Ruddick, Robert Cairns, Greg Cottrell, Sam Paulo, Euan Matheson, Angus Martyn, John Cox

Currie: Ross Weston, James Taggart, Toby Walker, Richard Snedden, Donovon Raw, Pete Saunders, Chris Browne, Mark Cairns, Graham Calder, John McDonald

Hawick: Colin Murray, Keith Hedley, Greg Goodfellow, Steven Anderson, Rory Hutton, Craig Neish, Dan Landels, Bruce McNeil, Watt Davies, Stephen Hill

Heriot's: Jamie Syme, Stewart Mustard, Cammy Bruce, Michael Goldie, James Thompson, Steve Manning, Marc Teague, Matias Tudela Perret, Jim Bowen, Malcolm Welch

Melrose: Ross Miller, Stuart Johnson, Barry Watson, Andrew Thomson, Scott Ruthven, David Whiteford, Mark Robertson, Geoff Caldwell, Graham Thomson, Jamie Murray

Stewart's-Melville FP: Scott Riddell, Andrew Fraser, Andrew Easson, Stuart Clark, Sky Laurie, Ross Samson, Colin Goudie, Alex Cox, Dave Sutherland, Gavin Sharp

Stirling County: Ben Addison, Alan Syme, Johnny Versyner, Ali Miller, Colin Eadie, Tere Ngu, Justin Matheson, Brian Archibald, Dylan Mason, Richard Mill

Watsonians: Darren Burns, Gavin Brown, Brian Rennie, James Easton, Murray Bringhurst, Keith Watters, Ali Rowe, Robin Holroyd, Ian Dryburgh, Guy Hills

Scotsman Club Sevens Draw

Pool A
Glasgow Hawks

Pool B
Aberdeen GSFP

Pool C
Stewart's Melville FP

Pool D
Stirling County

- 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw.
- If teams draw on points, the team with the most tries over their two games will go through. If still equal, team with most points goes through. If still equal, the team with largest points difference goes through.

10.30am Pool A Ayr v Melrose
10.45am Pool B Aberdeen GSFP v Biggar
11.00am Pool C Currie v Stewart's Melville FP
11.15am Pool D Boroughmuir v Stirling County
11.30am Pool A Glasgow Hawks v Melrose
11.45am Pool B Watsonians v Biggar
12.00noon Pool C Hawick v Stewart's Melville FP
12.15pm Pool D Heriot's v Stirling County
12.30pm Pool A Glasgow Hawks v Ayr
12.45pm Pool B Watsonians v Aberdeen GSFP
1.00pm Pool C Hawick v Currie
1.15pm Pool D Heriot's v Boroughmuir

1.30pm Winner of Pool A v winner of Pool C
1.45pm Winner of Pool B v Winner of Pool D

There is some XV-a-side rugby scheduled for Saturday. Cambuslang travel to Burnbrae for the first of a double-header of games against West Of Scotland (ko 12noon).

Cambuslang go into the game on the back of two blank weekends, as Saturday's match at Livingston was called off with a frozen pitch, following the cancellation of the home game with Musselburgh the previous week.

Captain Andy Dick told the Rutherglen Reformer: "We could have done with playing the game on Saturday, as these games tend to come back and haunt you at the end of the season, when it just seems to go on and on and on.

"We didn't find out the game was off until 11.30 on Saturday morning when we’d all gathered, then we found out they’d had a pitch inspection at 11, and called the game off.

"We've had six or seven players carrying injuries, so having this wee break is working out for them, and giving them a chance to recover from their injuries."

Coach Marc Pope is looking forward to the clash with West Of Scotland with some real relish, having played with the club for many years.

He said: "This is one I want to have in the bank, just for the fact I used to play there, and still have some rivalry with one of the coaches, who I used to play with."

We hope to have Phall's punditry back soon - but he's not a fan of sevens anyway.

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