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Inverness rugby player named in GB Sevens squad for World Series matches in Canada


By Andrew Henderson

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Paddy Kelly has been named in the Great Britain squad for the upcoming World Sevens Series in Canada.

The competition is following the format of the Olympic Games earlier this year, with 12 teams divided into three pools of four sides. Matches will take place in Vancouver this weekend and Edmonton at the end of next week.

Kelly had been close to making the squad that went to Tokyo for the Olympics, being named in the preliminary squad that attended training camps before missing the cut for the final selection.

Paddy Kelly has made his mark on the international scene since switching his focus to sevens. Picture: SRU/SNS Group
Paddy Kelly has made his mark on the international scene since switching his focus to sevens. Picture: SRU/SNS Group

He does, however, have another chance to impress alongside four other Scots with plenty on the line as the Canadian events make up the entirety of the 2021 series, with champions being crowned in Edmonton.

Head coach Roques said: “It’s a real mixed squad. We’ve got guys who didn’t go to the Olympics but were part of the training squad and it will be great to see them get the opportunity to play.

"We’ve also got players who have come back from the Olympics and can’t wait to pull on the GB Sevens shirt again.

“In Jamie Barden, Calum Randle and Freddie Roddick, we have also selected a few guys who shone in the Super Sevens Series. Calum is a very exciting player and we’re looking forward to seeing how he goes. Freddie Roddick really stood out for Samurai in the Super Series too.

“It’s also the first time GB Sevens have competed on the World Series which means a lot to staff and players.

“This is a nice opportunity to continue what was started by the lads who went on the Olympic journey and ensure sevens stays visible. Thank you to the national lottery for their continued support of our journey”

Full squad

Jamie Barden (England)

Tom Bowen (England)

Alex Davis (England)

Tom Emery (England)

Jamie Farndale (Scotland)

Robbie Fergusson (Scotland)

Paddy Kelly (Scotland)

Ross McCann (Scotland)

Max McFarland (Scotland)

Calum Randle (England)

Freddie Roddick (England)

Luke Treharne (Wales)

Morgan Williams (Wales)


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