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Scotland 7s ace Russell Weir joins London Scottish

20th May 2015
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London Scottish is pleased to confirm the signature of Scotland Sevens scrum-half Russell Weir on a permanent contract ahead of the 2015/16 season.

The 25-year-old former age group internationalist joins Scottish after three years playing on the IRB Sevens circuit.

Weir initially made a name for himself as a teenager, captaining Merchiston Castle School to Scottish Schools Cup success in 2008 before earning selection for the Scotland Under-18s squad.

He then moved to Loughborough University to study Chemistry and Sports Science, captaining the University side in his final year as they secured promotion to National League One.

During his spell at Loughborough he was selected for the Scotland U20s squad which competed at the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina, playing alongside fellow London Scot Oli Grove.

Having completed his studies, Weir moved back north to join the Scotland Sevens set-up which he has been part of for three seasons, his last appearance being in this month's Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens tournament in Glasgow.

Weir said: “I am delighted to be here and really excited to have signed for London Scottish – which was the obvious choice for me, being a Scotsman.

“I spoke to current London Scot David Cherry before signing and he was very complimentary about the Club.

“Scottish did really well last season and ran Worcester Warriors close in the Championship play-off semi-final.

“Hopefully we can go a step further next season.”

He continued: “Travelling the world playing for Scotland at Sevens has been an amazing experience but it was always my plan to get back playing 15-a-side rugby.

“Sevens was all about further developing my skill set before applying them back into 15s and it was a really worthwhile and memorable experience.”

London Scottish coach, Peter Richards, said: “We are excited that Russell has agreed to join the club.

“We have watched him on the Sevens circuit all season and he has a real energy and fizz to his attacking play.

“Offensively he is also a brave defender with a fantastic work ethic.

“Russell is hugely ambitious and the fit with London Scottish is perfect in terms of the style of rugby we want to be associated with next season.”

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