Glasgow 7s Pool D profile: AUS, USA, SCO, ESP

(IRB.COM) Monday 28 April 2014
 Glasgow 7s Pool D profile: AUS, USA, SCO, ESP
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We look at the four teams in Pool D in Glasgow - Australia, USA, Scotland and Spain. Interestingly, Australia, Scotland and Spain lined up against each other in pool play two tournaments ago in Tokyo.


Australia - @aussie7s
Rd 1 - Australia: 2nd
Rd 2 - Dubai: Bowl winners 9th
Rd 3 - South Africa: Bowl runners-up 10th
Rd 4 - USA: Plate runners-up 6th
Rd 5 - NZ: Plate winners 5th
Rd 6 - Japan: Plate winners 5th
Rd 7 - Hong Kong: 4th
Series rank: 5th

There is likely to be a lot of emotion around these final two tournaments as coach Michael O'Connor takes charge of the side as coach for a final trip. How the players respond to that is anyone's guess but they will all be looking to impress whomever is appointed as the country's new head coach. Lausii Taliauli makes his debut - another rugby league convert from the Gold Coast Titans - replacing James Stannard.

USA - @usarugby
Rd 1 - Australia: Shield winners 13th
Rd 2 - Dubai: Shield SF
Rd 3 - South Africa: Bowl SF
Rd 4 - USA: Shield winners 13th
Rd 5 - NZ: Shield winners 13th
Rd 6 - Japan: Plate runners-up 6th
Rd 7 - Hong Kong: Cup QFs 7th=
Series rank: 13th

At the halfway stage in the season the appointment of Matt Hawkins as coach looked the wrong decision, but in the last two tournaments the players along with Hawkins have proved that theory wrong. The fact that Zach Test is still performing at the highest level is no surprise, but Hawkins has impressed in bringing through a new batch of youngsters who now look capable of taking the Eagles forward. It was at this stage last year that they really stepped up, and their last two tournaments proved that they might well do the same.

Scotland - @scotlandteam
Rd 1 - Australia: Bowl SF
Rd 2 - Dubai: Cup QF
Rd 3 - South Africa: Shield winners 13th
Rd 4 - USA: Bowl SF
Rd 5 - NZ: Bowl runners-up 10th
Rd 6 - Japan: Bowl runners-up 10th
Rd 7 - Hong Kong: Bowl winners 9th
Series rank: 12th

Over the past few seasons some of Scotland's finest performances have come at home, most notably at Murrayfield against Fiji. There is no substitute for the home support and the players will want to live up to that expectation. The Scots have acquitted themselves very well this season in fits and starts, without ever really achieving a level of consistency to trouble the top sides time and again. Perhaps the inclusion of Nick de Luca and Richie Vernon - with 61 caps between them - will light the home fires even more.

Spain - @spain7s
Rd 1 - Australia: Shield SF
Rd 2 - Dubai: Shield runners-up 14th
Rd 3 - South Africa: Shield SF
Rd 4 - USA: Shield runners-up 14th
Rd 5 - NZ: Shield runners-up 14th
Rd 6 - Japan: Shield SF
Rd 7 - Hong Kong: Shield SF
Series rank: 15th

There is no question that the Spanish have struggled this season. Last year they managed to force their way into the third tier Bowl, but this season they have not yet been out of the fourth tier shield. However, it is easy to forget the lofty company that they are keeping as a country with a relatively small player base. Whether or not they are relegated as the 15th core team, these two years as a top-flight team will definitely serve them well.

Glasgow Sevens

Round 8
9-10 May 2015
Venue: Scotstoun Stadium
City: Glasgow
Capacity: 15,000

Pool A
Pool B
Pool C
Pool D
  • DJ Forbes and John Moonlight
  • Colin Gregor - Glasgow Sevens
  • Virimi Vakatawa - Glasgow Sevens