Next up for All Blacks Sevens - Scotland!
irbsevens.com and James Mortimer 04 Apr 2013 Getty Images
All the core teams currently in or near the 'danger zone' will be desperate to avoid what is likely to be a dog fight in London, and every ranking point gained in Glasgow will be crucial.
If the cut-off were to happen today, Spain, Portugal and the USA would face the battle to retain core team status in London, but Glasgow hosts Scotland, Australia, Canada and England all remain within easy reach of those sides before the crucial drama of Glasgow.
"We can’t wait to get back to Glasgow to play in front of a massive, noisy crowd and experience that buzz at Scotstoun again,” said Scotland's captain Colin Gregor at the official launch of the event at Glasgow’s iconic Grosvenor Cinema.
In 2012 the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s was the first international Sevens tournament to be staged in the city and attracted just short of 27,000 fans and brought in an estimated seven-figure sum to Glasgow’s economy.
“Ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games (in Glasgow) this tournament is a great opportunity to showcase rugby sevens to a Scottish audience," said Minister for Commonwealth Games & Sport, Shona Robison. "As well as a fantastic line-up of international rugby stars, this weekend of sport will offer a chance for school-aged children throughout Scotland to try rugby and even play on the same pitch as their sporting heroes."
Paul Bush, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland, added: “Scotland is the home of rugby sevens and that is reflected by the excitement and the passion for the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s.
“The HSBC Sevens World Series has truly global appeal and the Glasgow leg will continue to showcase Scotland as the perfect stage for events, while generating a significant economic impact by attracting visitors to the area”.
For the hosts, drawing defending Scottish champions and World Series leaders the All Blacks Sevens, means that the Thistles will conclude proceedings on day one of the penultimate leg of the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow, it has been confirmed.
The two teams will lock horns at 7.21pm Scottish time on Saturday 4 May, only the second time they will have met this season, the first being in the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s last December, where New Zealand won 14-7.
Scotland will also face Portugal, at 1.04pm in their opening match, and then England at 4.10pm, in first day’s group matches before the tournament progresses to the knockout stages on Sunday 5 May.
Scotland 7s head coach Stephen Gemmell said: “In Glasgow we must pull out six quality performances and reach our target to qualify for another Cup quarter-final.
“It is in our own hands to achieve that goal, but there is no doubt a big home support behind us will give us a push.”