“The backing of the two Scottish pro teams has enabled me to pick a squad I feel will do our country proud," said Gemmell. "There’s no doubt we have tough opposition in both London and Edinburgh but I’m confident we can continue to show our quality against the best sides in the world.
“We’ve got pace throughout this squad, and a great deal of experience which is invaluable when playing international rugby sevens.”
Gemmell and the team travel south this week for the Twickenham event on 24-25 May, before heading home to host the eighth and final leg of the Series at Murrayfield.
“The squad and the management team are really looking forward to the final leg of the Series at Murrayfield because the inaugural Edinburgh 7s was such a great success, both in terms of our performance and the event itself," said Gemmell.
"The support we received last year was incredible and it was an experience that the players still talk about today. I hope we can replicate that atmosphere this year to spur the boys on to a successful finish to the Series.
“The players have worked hard all year and having reached five Cup quarter-finals last year, we’ve continued that form to reach four this year. That’s a positive marker for them to continue improving that record over the next two tournaments.”
Scotland Sevens squad: Scott Forrest (Ayr)* CAPTAIN, Mike Adamson (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Addison (Stirling County)*, Grant Anderson (Ayr)**, Chris Fusaro (Heriot’s)**, Colin Gregor (Glasgow Warriors), Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh), Steven Lawrie (Edinburgh), Colin Shaw (Glasgow Warriors), James Thompson (Heriot’s)*, Andrew Turnbull (Edinburgh), Richie Vernon (Glasgow Warriors)
* = Member of Scottish Rugby's Senior National Academy
** = Member of Scottish Rugby's Junior National Academy and supported by Area Institute of Sport
Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s - Tickets!
The Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s will feature the world's top teams over two days of fast flowing, skilful and dynamic international rugby sevens together with a fun-packed Festival of Rugby on the back pitches at Murrayfield.
For ticket details or to purchase visit www.edinburgh7s.com