Scotland 7s titan Scott Wight secured as Samurai Rugby’s head coach for the 2018 UK Super Sevens Series
Samurai Rugby, one of the leading rugby sevens clubs in the world, is delighted to announce that Scott Wight will be Head Coach of Samurai Rugby squads competing in the Super Sevens Series tournaments this year.
Scott is a titan on the international sevens scene, having played in 32 World Series tournaments, including Scotland’s 2017 London win. He is Scotland’s third highest all-time world series points scorer. After retiring from international 7s in 2017, Scott coached the Scotland Women’s 7s team to win both European Grand Prix trophy tournaments, qualifying for the 2018 European Grand Prix series. He has also coached the Rwandan national 7s team. A product of Melrose RFC, Scott was deeply immersed in sevens rugby from a young age, and achieved many honours with and for the club, before becoming a professional player with Glasgow Warriors.
Samurai’s Director of Rugby, Terry Sands, said “we are delighted that Scott accepted our invitation to coach for us and we’re excited at the prospect of working together. As defending champions of the Super Sevens Series in both 2017 and 2016, it’s an important tournament for us, and we thought Scott was an obvious choice for this year. As an invitational team we normally rotate coaches between legs of the series but this year we felt it more appropriate to give Scott the reins for all four legs. The standard of play in the Super Sevens Series gets higher every year and we need to keep developing to compete. As a long-established sevens player, Scott has just about seen and done it all in the sevens world and the competitiveness and tactical and technical ability he brings will be a real asset.”
Confirming his role in the SSS, Scott said “I am really looking forward to the summer ahead and working with Samurai Rugby at all four tournaments. Samurai are renowned as one of the best invitational teams in the world, so for me to be named as Head Coach for the Super Sevens Series is a huge privilege”.
The Super Sevens Series is the most prestigious elite 7s competition in the UK, with established 7s teams battling it out alongside some national teams from other countries. A four-leg competition, the SSS starts with the Greene King Premier 7s in Bury St. Edmunds (6th May 2018), moves onto the London Irish 7s (2nd June), followed by Chester 7s (16th June), before the final leg at the Ealing Trailfinders 7s on 7th July. Samurai Rugby won a tight 2017 league with Rambling Jesters, British Army 7s, Irish Wolfhounds, Wailers and England IPF finishing not far behind.
About Samurai Rugby: Samurai Rugby Football Club was founded in 1996, being inspired by the playing spirit and tenacity of the Japanese national rugby team in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Samurai Rugby has gone on to become one of the best 7s clubs in the world. It operates on a purely invitational basis, usually creating a new squad of coaches and players for each tournament, with a win/loss ratio which is the envy of the sport. Squads are usually a mix of professional and amateur players and coaches, but more especially a mix of nationalities with typically at least five or six countries being represented. Players do not get paid for playing and being selected to play for Samurai Rugby is seen as an honour, even for professional players.
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