JET-SETTING across the world, playing the sport you love and representing your country – Harvey Elms is very much living the dream.

The North Berwick rugby ace has once again been named in the Scotland 7s squad, which will take in 10 stops between now and May next year.

The 24-year-old is part of Ciaran Beattie’s – head coach of Scotland 7s – core squad, which will take in Dubai and Cape Town ahead of Christmas.

Elms said it was always an honour to represent his country and play in the tournaments, which take place over three days.

“It is pretty special,” he said.

“It was something I had always wanted to do growing up.

“It was always a goal of mine to play rugby as a career and for my country.

“It has been pretty special travelling the world.

“Sevens is obviously pretty different and you go to all these different places with quite a small group of people and it is great to be involved.

“It is really good when you run out onto the pitch and there are 12 people in the squad and seven on the pitch – you are all close mates.

“It is pretty special when you look around and see some Scotland flags.

“People have travelled to go to these places to support you or people that live out there come to see you.”

The new year will bring trips to New Zealand, Australia, the USA and Canada before the circuit moves on to Hong Kong and Singapore in April.

Finally, there is a double European leg with a tournament in London followed by the season’s finale in Paris.

Scotland’s 7s took part in a warm-up tournament recently in Spain, where they lost out to Ireland and France.

Elms, who previously played for North Berwick RFC and Currie Chieftains, missed the competition in Elche due to a hamstring problem but was confident of being fit for the season’s opener in Dubai, which starts today (Thursday).

Scotland will come up against Ireland and USA after opening the new campaign against Australia.

Former University of Edinburgh student Elms acknowledged it could be considered a glamorous lifestyle.

He added: “It is and it isn’t.

“Some people think you travel around, follow the sun and it is all fun and games.

“They don’t think of the hard work involved.

“There are a lot of perks but once you are there it is hard work.

“You are training in 30-35C heat and coming from here, where we are training indoor at Ravenscraig, it is pretty cold.

“Sevens is a tough sport with six games in a weekend and it is a bit of a rollercoaster, physically and mentally.

“When you look back at the trips, they are really good but maybe it is not as glamorous as people think.”

The centre and stand-off, who now lives in Edinburgh, is in his third year on the 7s circuit and has been capped 15 times for his country.

Along the way, he has scored 23 tries and a total of 119 points.

Speaking of his love for the game, he told Courier Sport: “I think with sevens it is the pace of the game; it is exciting and entertaining.

“It is basically just non-stop and you don’t know what is going to happen.”