SCOTLAND 7s head coach Stephen Gemmell has been forced to make a late change to the party that will travel to the Gold Coast for the first round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Forward Chris Dean drops out of the squad having sustained an ankle injury in the last training session and Joseva Nayacavou becomes the second uncapped player in the 12.
While forward Scott Riddell will captain the side in the absence of the injured Colin Gregor, former Jed-Forest Sevens specialist Gregor Young will make his first appearance on the world stage following a first outing with the team last weekend in the FIRA European grand prix in Bucharest.
"We're disappointed to lose Chris who has performed well over the last six months on the world circuit. I wish him a speedy recovery. This does however provide an opportunity for Jo who has been with the squad full-time throughout pre-season. He has shown up well in training and he has been given opportunities in Lyon and Bucharest where he has demonstrated he will be a strong addition to the squad" said Gemmell.
"Gregor has shown a lot of promise in training and performed well in Bucharest. He has a wealth of Sevens knowledge, having played on the Border circuit, and is a powerful player who brings with him an option to play in the forwards or backs."
The remainder of the side is made up of experienced hands in Michael Fedo, Struan Dewar, Alex Glashan, Michael Maltman, Mark Robertson, Andrew Turnbull, John Houston, James Johnstone, Chris Dean and James Fleming.
"I have selected an experienced squad who need to go out and deliver for Scotland.
"This is the start of the World Series in a hugely significant year for these players that will culminate at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow," added Gemmell, whose side lines up in pool play on the Gold Coast against Samoa, Argentina and hosts Australia.