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Scotland 7s kick-off a year of sevens

Sport and physical activity
The 12-man Scotland 7s squad who travel to Las Vegas on Saturday for the fourth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series were given a high-profile send-off ahead of the biggest year of their careers.

Minister for Sport and Commonwealth Games, Shona Robison was on hand to mark the start of a year which will see a home Commonwealth Games in July (26-27 July) as well as a third Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s (3-4 May) and a 131st anniversary of the Melrose 7s (12 April), no wonder 2014 is being tagged as ‘A Year of Sevens’.

Today, influential coaches and youth players from each player’s former club, as well as Ms Robison were invited to Murrayfield to join the players and head coach, Stephen Gemmell, to wish them good luck.

Scotland 7s’ group matches in Las Vegas on 24-26 January, though over two days, will all land on Saturday 25 January, for a UK audience, with the time difference considered. They will play Fiji at 1.06am, followed by New Zealand at 3.40am and then Australia at 8.22pm (all UK time).

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