A FORMER Musselburgh star is set to come up against some of the best rugby players from across the globe.

Freddie Roddick has been named as part of the 13-man GB Sevens squad who are travelling to Canada for tournaments in Vancouver and Edmonton.

Stand-off Roddick featured for Musselburgh throughout their debut campaign in the Tennent’s Premiership, which was ultimately cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

However, he made a real impact with Graeme Paterson’s team, winning two awards at the end-of-season ceremony.

Roddick, who studied business and marketing at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University, scooped the young player of the year award and the try of the year after getting on the end of a fine team move against Currie Chieftains.

Paterson congratulated the former Musselburgh player ahead of the Vancouver tournament getting under way on Saturday.

He said: “It was fantastic to see his name there.

“It is always great to see players achieving their potential and that is a fantastic achievement for a young guy to be included in that squad.

“It is good for Musselburgh RFC and it shows the route to elite sport can be gained through community clubs and local clubs throughout the country.

“I knew he was a very, very good player and he was very influential when he did play for us.

“We probably did not get all we could out of him because of injuries.

“He was injured for a big part of the season but thankfully he came back and did have an impact.

“We could see he had talent and, having spoken to him, he had aspirations to play at a higher level.”

GB Sevens have been drawn in Pool B for the first tournament and will face off against Ireland and invitational teams Hong Kong and Jamaica.

Tony Roques, head coach of the men’s squad, was looking forward to the tournament after Roddick caught the eye in this year’s domestic Super Sevens Series.

The head coach said: “It’s a real mixed squad.

“We’ve got guys who didn’t go to the Olympics but were part of the training squad and it will be great to see them get the opportunity to play.

“We’ve also got players who have come back from the Olympics and can’t wait to pull on the GB Sevens shirt again.

“In Jamie Barden, Calum Randle and Freddie Roddick, we have also selected a few guys who shone in the Super Sevens Series.

“Calum is a very exciting player and we’re looking forward to seeing how he goes.

“Freddie Roddick really stood out for Samurai in the Super Series too.”