JAMIE FARNDALE will captain the Scotland squad in their return to HSBC World Sevens Series action at tournaments in Malaga and Seville later this month. 

The 27-year-old will lead a 13-player group containing some experienced characters such as 2021 Team GB Olympian Ross McCann, Gavin Lowe, Harvey Elms, Paddy Kelly and Lee Jones, who returns to the 7s set-up for the first time since 2018. 

Six players are set to make their Scotland 7s debuts in Spain in the shape of Matt Davidson, Jordan Edmunds, Jacob Henry, Finn Callaghan, Grant Hughes and Reiss Cullen. 

Scotland have been drawn in Pool A of the Malaga leg, alongside South Africa, England and Fiji, with results at that event determining the make-up of Seville a week later. 

“Having named our core squad in December, we are thrilled to be sending a group of players to Malaga and Seville to start such an important year for Scotland 7s,” said head coach Ciaran Beattie. 

“We have worked extremely hard over the past few weeks in preparation for these first legs of 2022, in the knowledge that the series will be as competitive as ever.” 

Scotland 7s squad for HSBC World Sevens Series events in Malaga and Seville (Scotland 7s events in brackets): Kaleem Barreto (2), Finn Callaghan (0), Reiss Cullen (0), Matt Davidson (0), Jordan Edmunds (0), Harvey Elms (21), Jamie Farndale (43) Captain, Jacob Henry (0), Grant Hughes (0), Lee Jones (25), Paddy Kelly (4), Gavin Lowe (40) and Ross McCann (16). 

Meanwhile, Mike Adamson has been given two refereeing appointments in the upcoming Six Nations. He will be the man in the middle when France host Italy in round one, and when England host Wales in round three  

He will also be an Assistant Referee for the round four match between England and Ireland and the round five match between France and England. 

“After receiving my first Six Nations appointment last year at Twickenham it is great to be given a couple of matches in this year’s championship," said the former Glasgow Warriors utility back, who became the first Scotsman to officiate a men’s Six Nations fixture in 19 years last season.  

“It’ll feel more like my first Six Nations than last year did as I enjoy refereeing in front of a crowd. It is noticeable how much the fans lift the players, and that in turn increases the intensity of the games.”