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Athlete in Focus – Colin Gregor

Rugby player Colin Gregor

Rugby player Colin Gregor has shown his versatility. Having played stand-off, scrum-half and a number of other positions for the Glasgow Warriors, he’s now captain of the Scotland 7s and recently led his team to qualify for the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup.

We caught up with Colin ahead of the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s event this weekend and asked him why rugby sevens is such an exciting sport to watch and what it would mean to compete at Glasgow 2014.

How are you feeling about the Glasgow 7s this weekend?

Really excited for the Glasgow 7s. The team has been making progress in the last few tournaments and we’ve trained well over the last few weeks.

Why do you think rugby sevens is such a great sport to play and watch?

Sevens is a great sport to play as you get to express yourself far more than in 15s. I see it as a purer form of the sport where every skill is under the microscope – there are no hiding places.

It’s also a really exciting sport to watch as games are only 15 minutes long. There are loads of tries, some ridiculous skills on show and many games are decided with the last play of the game.

The crowd also helps to create a carnival atmosphere, often in fancy dress, supporting all the teams and generating a fantastic buzz.

What would it mean to you to be part of Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014?

It would be a massive honour and one of the highlights of my career. It’s always special to play for Scotland, especially at home, and to do so at a multi-sport event as big as the Commonwealth Games would be amazing.

What do you think it takes to be a great rugby player?

To be a great rugby player you need to be dedicated, driven to succeed, a winner, a fighter, a team player and you need to enjoy your rugby.

How do you spend your free time when you’re not training?

Catching up with mates in various coffee shops around Glasgow's West End, chilling with my wife, a little bit of blogging and trying to sort out what I'm going to do after rugby.

What do you think that might be?

Sport is my passion, so I would like to be involved in sport in some form. I’m unlikely to be sticking too close to jobs related to my history degree.

Who inspires you?

I’m inspired by my family – my wife, my mum and dad, and my two sisters. I’m desperate to succeed for them.

What music motivates you?

Macklemore 'Can't Hold Us' and Blink 182 'All the Small Things' (those two are on our pre-match playlist!) Also, Jamie T 'Sticks and Stones' and Guns n’ Roses 'Welcome to the Jungle'.

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