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Squad News for Paris

Kelly Brown, The Borders' back-row forward who won his first international XVs cap in Scotland's 39-19 win over Romania on Sunday, is flying out today to join the sevens squad in Paris for the final leg of the IRB circuit.

Brown will replace Edinburgh Rugby's Alasdair Strokosch who damaged his right ankle in last weekend's IRB Emirates Airline London Sevens tournament at Twickenham, where Scotland qualified for the cup and finished seventh equal overall.

Brown was a member of the Scotland squad for the IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong in March this year. At that tournament Scotland again qualified for the cup and finished fifth equal overall. He has six sevens caps for Scotland.

Hawick centre John Houston has also joined the squad as replacement for Edinburgh Rugby's Rob Dewey. The pro centre won his first Scotland Sevens cap at the Twickenham tournament but damaged a ligament in his left hand, forcing him out of the squad.

Houston has played for Scotland at under-19 and under-21 levels and was a member squad for the IRB Under 21 World Championship in Scotland last summer. He also played in the Hawick side who won BT Premiership Division One, the BT Cup and the Border League in season 2001-02.

On the two call-ups, Scotland Sevens coach Rob Moffat said: "Kelly will be a good asset to the squad. He has played in two Scotland victories in recent weeks (against the Barbarians in Aberdeen and against Romania in Bucharest) so he will be on a high and in good spirits. He'll add to the experience in the squad which will give us a good balance, beside our four young players (Ross Rennie, Cameron Johnston, Ali Warnock and Graeme Dodds).

"I have been keeping an eye on John over the past few seasons and he certainly has a lot of footballing talent. This is a chance for him to perform at the highest level. He has the ability and this will test him so it's a great opportunity," he added.

The squad had a run out against their French counterparts in Paris this morning and are heading off for a sightseeing excursion in the capital this afternoon. Last night they joined the other 15 teams for a boat trip on the River Seine to mark the opening of the final tournament of the season.

Scotland face Portugal in their first match of the IRB Paris Sevens on Friday (10 June) with clashes against Canada and England completing the line-up for day one. The cup, plate, shield and bowl competitions continue on Saturday.


David Gray (Gala and Scottish Institute of Sport) CAPTAIN, Oli Brown (Boroughmuir and Scottish Institute of Sport), Kelly Brown (The Borders and Scottish Institute of Sport), Graeme Dodds (Melrose), Ross Rennie (Stewart's Melville FP and East of Scotland Institute of Sport), Jamie Blackwood (Watsonians and Scottish Institute of Sport), Johnny Weston (The Borders and Scottish Institute of Sport), Clark Laidlaw (Jed-Forest and Scottish Institute of Sport), Ali Warnock (unattached and Scottish Institute of Sport), John Houston (Hawick), Andrew Turnbull (The Borders and Scottish Institute of Sport) and Cameron Johnston (Newcastle Falcons and Scottish Institute of Sport)