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Scotland and Australia make changes for London Sevens

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irb.com     06 May 2014     Getty Images

James Stannard has been called into the squad in place of Greg Jeloudev, who was ruled out due to injury.

"It’s good to be back in the fold and always a proud moment to pull on the gold jumper," said Stannard who was pivotal when Australia won the London tournament in 2010.

“The time out of the side has allowed me to get over one or two niggles and given me the opportunity to improve on things that need work and improve on things that I’m actually good at.”

Last week's hosts Scotland have made six changes, with coach Stephen Gemmell having one eye on the Commonwealth Games in July.

Lewis Young and Jack Cuthbert will make their Scotland debuts, while James Fleming, Mark Robertson, Gregor Young and Struan Dewar return to the squad. Scotland internationals Richie Vernon and Nick de Luca are two of those replaced.

“I made it clear to all the players involved during this fortnight that these two tournaments were important in their own right, but also for selection for the Commonwealth Games," said Gemmell.

“Our performance at the weekend will raise the expectation on the players coming in, but they know our structures and game plans and this is their chance to rise to the occasion and perform."