Leck says star sevens pair could shine for Scotland

Phil Leck
Phil Leck

Greens head coach Phil Leck has urged Scotland Sevens selectors to consider his star players for call-ups to the national team.

Leck was glowing about the recent performances of Greg Cottrell and Rory Hutton and said that Scotland coach Graham Shiel ought to consider the pair, as well as other standout performers from the team that impressed in winning their own sevens last Saturday.

There were calls from Greens fans after last weekend’s Hawick Sevens for the likes of Hutton, Cottrell, Bruce McNeil and Michael Robertson to be called into the extended national sevens squad in time for the Emirates Glasgow 7s next month.

Lewis and Gregor Young, the twin brothers who suffered with their Jed teammates in a 36-7 defeat against the Greens in last week’s sevens final, were earlier this week called into the Scotland side, and Leck feels his charges deserve similar recognition.

“It’s interesting that two of the Jed players who conceded 36 points in 20 minutes to us on Saturday were in the extended sevens team,” said Leck. “That isn’t a dig at them at all, but I have never seen a Scotland selector at any of our games.

“When you see Cottrell and Hutton – those two more than anyone else – you’d think someone would come and take a look or have a word with me.”

Scottish Rugby responded to Leck’s comments by hinting the Hawick coach ought to tip off the national governing body about players he thinks should be in the reckoning for Scotland’s sevens side.

“All domestic clubs involved with rugby 7s are offered the opportunity to nominate players to be involved with the Scotland 7s programme as it evolves,” said a Scottish Rugby statement. “Scottish Rugby takes a keen interest in the form of players throughout domestic series such as Kings of the Sevens and the Legacy Series.”

The national team’s head coach Graham Shiel said he had the luxury of forming an “extended” squad, and including extra players, given that Scotland have no travelling commitments to make ahead of May’s Emirates tournament in Glasgow.

He said: “Being at home for the next leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series we have a bit of extra time and some extra players to assess and be involved ahead of the tournament before I decide on the final 12.

“We’re constantly looking to put the strongest Scotland 7s squad together that we possibly can.”