Scotland have been given a daunting task by the draw for this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which has placed them alongside four-times champions New Zealand, the acknowledged superpowers of the abbreviated game.

However, with two sides from each group going through to the main medal competition, the Scots can take confidence from the fact that they are currently ranked higher than Canada and Nigeria, the other teams in their group.

"With the teams being announced for Glasgow 2014's rugby sevens event it brings the timescale towards the Games into sharp focus," said Stephen Gemmell, the Scotland 7s head coach.

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"It's an exciting pool. New Zealand have set a high standard in the Commonwealth Games winning the gold in every tournament and doing so unbeaten. Canada we know well and have had some close games in recent years so that will be a key game in terms of where we finish in the pool, and Nigeria will be a typical African sevens team with lots of power and pace. Looking at the teams that have been announced and hearing about the number of spectators that will be in Ibrox, it's clear it's going to be a wonderful event and we will be doing everything we can to make the country proud in July."

Pool A New Zealand, Canada, Scotland, Nigeria

Pool B South Africa, Kenya, Cook Islands, Trinidad and Tobago

Pool C Samoa, Wales, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia

Pool D England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda