Scotland Sevens sit fifth in the Sevens World Series standings after four events.
And although he picked up an ankle injury – severity to be determined after a scan – at the most recent event in Sydney at the weekend, Robert Beattie has loved being a part of the set-up this year.
Having come through the ranks at Glasgow Accies as a junior he then went to Glasgow Academy in senior school and continued his rugby there.
“I loved my rugby as a youngster and with my brother Kenny also playing quite a lot and with a history of sport in the family from an early age I guess I was hooked straight away,” he said.
“When I left school I went onto university to study and played a couple of seasons for Glasgow Accies in the senior ranks before moving on to Glasgow Hawks.
“I wanted to test myself at that level and I knew it would be harder, the pace of the game was a bit of an eye opener at first. However, I played quite a bit for the Hawks’ seconds and then managed to get my chance in the first XV.
“Last season I played pretty regularly at Hawks and then Scotland Sevens Head Coach Calum MacRae got in touch as did Glasgow Warriors and it was great to get a chance to train with both and learn from guys who have been involved at the top end of the game for a while.”
The 23-year-old back – who has also spent time playing in New Zealand – admits there was a lot to learn in the sevens environment, but that the core players were very helpful in passing on tips and helping the newer guys integrate ahead of the World Series.
Beattie missed out on selection for the season opener in Dubai in December, but was called out to Cape Town the following week after an injury to Gavin Lowe.
“It all happened pretty quickly and I got a phone call to tell me to get out to meet the guys as soon as I could,” he explained.
“On the morning of the first day of competition it was pretty daunting and the crowds were bigger than anything I had ever experienced, but once you are out there on the pitch. I loved the whole event and it just left me wanting to work harder to make sure that more caps would come my way.”
And since then another cap has been given to Beattie, being called out to Australia last week along with Ben Robbins and Gregor Hunter after Scotland suffered a number of injuries in Wellington the previous week.
“At the moment I am just keeping on learning at this level and hopefully I will be involved regularly with Scotland Sevens in the future,” he said.
Already missing four core players, Gavin Lowe and Beattie additionally joining the injury list over the course of the competition in Australia as the side could not back-up impressive showings in Dubai, South Africa and New Zealand.
Head Coach Calum MacRae said: “We need to take the rough with the smooth and learn from this tournament as a group.
“In the last three games against New Zealand, Samoa and Kenya we were creating try scoring opportunities but not converting them but in international rugby if you don’t get your nose in front by taking those chances you are going to pay the price.
“The review will be tough viewing for some, but we need to take it on the chin to improve.
“It’s disappointing picking up the injuries we have over the last two weeks of competition.
“We will regroup and I have doubts we will bounce back from this such is the character of the team.
“That will be centred around doing our basics well under pressure in training.
“We know the lie of the land and need to control the things we can, that being the standards we set in training leading into Las Vegas.
The side have been drawn in Pool D along with Australia, Fiji and Japan ahead of next month’s Las Vegas competition (March 3-5).
After Vegas there are five more events running up until the end of May.
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