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My Sport – Rugby Sevens

Colin Gregor with Deon Van Schalkwyk's son

Deon Van Schalkwyk has been a fan of rugby sevens since attending the World Series at Murrayfield two years ago. He even got his son’s picture taken with Colin Gregor, the Scottish captain. We asked Deon a few questions about the sport he loves.

Why are you a fan of rugby sevens and when did you start liking it?

While I’ve always been a fan of the 15s game, I had the opportunity to attend the IRB Sevens World Series at Murrayfield in 2011 and since then I’ve been hooked.

It’s not only the players that make rugby sevens, but also their supporters. Plus it’s a great day out for the kids.

What's the best thing about watching rugby sevens live?

Where else can you see Scotland play New Zealand and South Africa in the same day?

Who's your rugby sevens hero?

Cecil Afrika of South Africa.

What's your best memory from watching rugby sevens?

South Africa beating New Zealand at Scotstoun this year.

Which rugby sevens star should people be watching out for at Glasgow 2014?

Colin Gregor, the captain of the Scottish 7s team.

What are some common misconceptions about rugby sevens?

1. That it isn’t really played in Scotland. In fact, rugby sevens was invented in1883 in the Scottish border town of Melrose by a butcher called Ned Haig. Sevens rugby tournaments are still held in Melrose and attended by players from across the world.

2. The games are too long. Each game is less than half an hour, including half time.

Can you sum up what Glasgow 2014 will be like in three words?

Pure dead brilliant.

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