Sean Lamont will be part of a Scotland 7s squad preparing for a home Commmonwealth Games this weekend, as the 88 capped back prepares for Saturday’s 7s and the City international sevens and sports festival at Allianz Park.
“To get the chance to play in a tournament structure just a week or so away from the beginning if the Games is great,” said the second most-capped Scotsman of all time.
“It allows you to get your structures right and see what works well and what needs to be worked on. It can help us and the other teams massively. Training is a lot different to playing, and that slight difference of playing against other teams who don’t know your structures, when things can catch you by surprise can be very beneficial. It’s great preparation for us”.
Lamont is preparing for his second Commonwealth Games for his country, after the strong running centre represented Scotland in the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games. The 33-year-old says his involvement in the reduced format of the game has taken some getting used to.
“I really enjoyed the last time I represented Scotland in the Commonwealth Games (in Manchester 2002), so although it will be 12 years apart, I’m hanging in there, just,” he said.
“I’m slowly adjusting to sevens from fifteens. I’ve forgot how hard sevens rugby is, but it’s very enjoyable and to represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games is a massive for us. They don’t come along that often, so to represent your country at a home Games makes it that even more special”.
The elite event will start at 10am while there will also be social rugby sevens and netball contests and a fitness competition pitting four-person teams against each other.
In addition to the sport, there were a pop-up casino, Jacuzzi cabanas, a VIP lounge, drinks tents and plenty of food.
DJs will play throughout the day while live music will be provided by Charlie Simpson of Busted fame, Kimberley Wyatt from The Pussycat Dolls and Jax Jones, who had a No1 single with ‘I Got U’ earlier in the year.