Boroughmuir star Iain Moody has a chance to play on a global stage this weekend after accepting an invitation to guest for English cracks Gloucester in the annual world club sevens at a packed Twickenham.
Some 12 teams from Siberia to South America will be taking part, but Scotland’s involvement will be restricted to appearances by individuals, including Moody.
Moody said: “I’ve been playing all summer on a sevens circuit for the Samurai Select team and that was what got me noticed by Gloucester.
“I am not looking any further than this and as far as I am concerned it is a one-off.
“There is no doubt, though, that it will be a career highlight along with being part of a Scottish Rugby sevens training squad and playing in the Hong Kong ten-a-sides.”
A back rower in 15-a-sides, Moody’s call-up comes a week after Gloucester successfully defended the Anglo Welsh sevens title by beating Dragons at the Stoop Ground that is home to Harlequins.
However, a pre-season 15-a-side fixture against Carnegie stretches Gloucester resources and provides an opportunity for Moody.
It is also a reward for Moody battling through major injury concerns which at one stage plunged the Lasswade school teacher’s rugby future in doubt.
“I had knee surgery in February last year which kept me out until last October,” says the former Kelso forward who also played with Tauranga in New Zealand for a spell.
“Fortunately I now appear to be working up a head of steam on the rugby pitch and look forward to trying to do myself justice at Twickenham where our sectional opponents include the crack South African team, Blue Bulls.”
He is due to encounter crack South African team Blue Bulls, Cardiff and Buenos Aires in Gloucester’s sectional games while others taking part are Auckland, DHL Western Province, Harlequins, Kuban Krasnodar (Siberia), New York City 7s, NSW Waratahs, RC Enisei (Siberia) and Seattle.