Scotland Sevens coach Calum MacRae believes a vocal sell-out home crowd can inspire the hosts to reach the Cup quarter-finals in tomorrow’s Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s at Scotstoun.
The Scots are seventh in the overall standings and are on course for a highest ever placing in the IRB World Series, having never previously finished higher than ninth.
The Scots face Portugal, Wales and Fiji in Pool C tomorrow and former Edinburgh stand-off MacRae said: “It’s always very special for a Scottish side coming home to play in front of a home crowd and it’s obviously bolstered by the fact it’s a sell-out over the two days. The boys are looking forward to maintaining the form they have shown this season. It’s nice to do it away from home but it means a lot more to the guys when they can do it in front of family, friends and a lot of passionate Scottish supporters.”
Meanwhile, a Scottish Rugby spokesperson has admitted that the sevens squad going part-time is “one of a number of options being considered” if, as is expected, World Rugby removes Glasgow from the IRB circuit for next season and replace it with an event in France.
Scotland has hosted a leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series since 2008, initially at Murrayfield before moving to Glasgow in 2012.