Fergusson and Kelly named in Team GB 7s training squad
Glasgow Warriors centres Robbie Fergusson and Paddy Kelly have both been selected as part of the initial training squad for the Great Britain 7s squad, as preparations continue for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The pair are part of a 22-man group named by Head Coach Tony Roques, with six Scotland 7s stars vying for selection.
First named in a Scotland 7s core squad ahead of the 2017/18 season, Fergusson has thrived in the abbreviated format to become a key member of the Scotland setup.
He was named as his country’s captain ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, and has represented the men in blue at both the 2018 7s World Cup in San Francisco and the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.
The former Ayr centre has also impressed in a Glasgow Warriors shirt in 2020/21, making six starts for Danny Wilson’s men this season.
Inverness-born Kelly made his Scotland 7s debut at the New Zealand leg of the 2019/20 World Sevens Series, representing his country with distinction under Head Coach Ciaran Beattie.
A product of the FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy, he was a recipient of the prestigious MacPhail Scholarship in 2016 and has previously represented Highland RFC and French side Le Parc.
Kelly made his Glasgow Warriors debut against the Ospreys in November 2016, after representing the club with a try-scoring display against Canada A at Bridgehaugh earlier that year.
7s |TRY! Scotland re-take the lead with a first World Sevens Series try from Paddy Kelly! 🏴🏴#AsOne pic.twitter.com/7HSvDa74nh
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) January 25, 2020
Speaking to scottishrugby.org following the announcement, Fergusson expressed his pride at being named in the wider training squad.
“I watched the 2016 Olympic Games and became a Scotland 7s player the year after, so the opportunity to get selected for Tokyo is something I’ve targeted over the past few years,” said thr Scotland captain.
“The boys will all be trying to put their best foot forward over the coming months to ensure they are part of the final squad.”