Seymour, Lamont on duty for Games

Date published: May 21 2014

Scotland stars Tommy Seymour and Sean Lamont have been included in the nation's sevens squad for the Commonwealth Games.

Scotland stars Tommy Seymour and Sean Lamont have been included in the nation's sevens squad for the Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow Warriors' winger Lamont who has won 86 caps for his country and who was in the 2002 Scotland 7s Commonwealth Games squad in Manchester has been named in Stephen Gemmell's 12-man squad for Glasgow 2014. Lamont won his last World Series cap at Murrayfield in 2009.

Gemmell has also completed a major coup by securing the services of Scotland and Glasgow Warriors winger, Seymour who has won eight Scotland caps, but has not yet been involved with Scotland 7s. His selection follows some impressive performances for club and country that display a pedigree for the abbreviated game.

“Sean [Lamont] is a player with a significant amount of Scotland caps,” said Gemmell.

“The pace, power and physicality he will bring to this squad allied with his sevens understanding, gathered from the World Series and a previous Commonwealth Games, will be invaluable.

“Tommy [Seymour] is a proven finisher at international and professional level. His skill set is relevant across the board for sevens, as a strong defender and he is good with ball in the air.

“This pair, along with a number of others come in from a successful environment with Glasgow Warriors who have reached the PRO12 final. That is something we can benefit from.”

Also in the squad from Glasgow Warriors are Mark Bennett, who has two World Series caps, most recently from the Bowl winning side in Hong Kong in March, James Eddie, Richie Vernon, Lee Jones and former Glasgow Warrior, Scott Wight, all of whom were involved in the fourth place finish at the recent Glasgow Sevens.

The team are also bolstered by the inclusion of Roddy Grant from Edinburgh. Grant has 12 caps on the World Series, the last of which was won at Murrayfield in 2010.

“Roddy [Grant] is a proven sevens player who has captained the side in the past. He has had a good season with Edinburgh and he will help this group step-up to another level,” said Gemmell.

Colin Gregor who played at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006 will be in the squad. He is the most experienced short-game player in the squad with 50 World Series caps to his name.

Gregor is joined by his sevens colleagues, Scott Riddell who has been impressive throughout season 2013/14 and returns having played in Delhi in 2010 and Colin Shaw and James Johnstone who have recently returned from injury.

Scotland Sevens: Richie Vernon, James Eddie (both Glasgow Warriors), James Johnstone (Scotland 7s), Roddy Grant (Edinburgh), Scott Riddell, Colin Shaw (both Scotland 7s), Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Colin Gregor, Scott Wight (both Scotland 7s), Mark Bennett, Sean Lamont and Tommy Seymour (all Glasgow Warriors).

Unavailable for selection: Jack Cuthbert (knee) (Edinburgh), Russell Weir (knee), John Houston (neck), Michael Fedo (knee) (all Scotland 7s)