De Luca Added to Commonwealth 7s Squad
Scotland 7s coach Rob Moffat has selected Edinburgh Gunners' full-back Nick De Luca in his squad for next month's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.
Nick is a full-time apprentice with the Gunners and made his Celtic League debut for Edinburgh in last month's crucial 13-9 win over Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park Park. From full-back he set up the late try for winger Francisco Leonelli, having cleared the ball from his own line before gathering it up field and passing on to Leonelli to run in.
He made his tournament debut for Scotland 7s at the IRB Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens in December. His first appearance in Moffat's side came in the 33-33 draw with Argentina at Murrayfield ahead of November's Autumn Test against that nation.
Nick was again selected for the recent IRB tournaments in New Zealand and the USA, from which Scotland won the bowl at both events. Nick's injury time try sealed the 26-21 victory over Tonga in the final in Los Angeles.
Having just returned from Los Angeles this week, Nick has been selected on the bench for Edinburgh's Celtic League match against Ulster at Murrayfield this evening (Friday 17 February).
On De Luca, Moffat said: "Nick deserves this after Wellington and Los Angeles. He is strong in defence and runs well with ball in hand. I think he's found his feet at this level. The Commonwealth Games will provide exactly the right environment that a young player like Nick should be exposed to," he added.
De Luca said: "I'm very pleased to have been selected for the squad. Playing for your country is a great honour and I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Wellington and Los Angeles this month. The Commonwealth Games is a huge tournament and I'm looking forward to the challenges and testing myself at the highest level."
Scotland face Fiji, Canada and Zambia in the pool round at the Games, held on 16 and 17 March in Melbourne's Telstra Dome.
SCOTLAND 7s SQUAD FOR THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Mark Lee * (King's Own Scottish Borderers) CAPTAIN, Ross Rennie (Edinburgh Gunners and Stewart's Melville FP), Oli Brown * (Boroughmuir), David Gray * (Exeter Chiefs), Rory Lawson * (Edinburgh Gunners), Ciaran Beattie (Border Reivers and Selkirk), Colin Gregor * (Glasgow Warriors and Watsonians), Clark Laidlaw * (Jed-Forest), Ali Warnock * (Nottingham), Andrew Turnbull * (Watsonians), Nick De Luca * (Edinburgh Gunners) and A N Other
* member of the Scottish Institute of Sport