Former Ayr rugby star, Robbie Fergusson has been named in the initial GB Men’s rugby sevens team for this year’s Olympic games.

The postponed games from last year are now set to take place in Tokyo in July and August of this year.

Scotland has 12 representatives across the men and women’s for the initial squads.

Fergusson has been at the core of the Scotland 7s side, taking on the role as captain for the 2019/20 campaign.

The Ayr-born centre’s early career was interrupted by a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma but he made a full recovery to return for Ayr, and then make his move to Glasgow Warriors.

Speaking to Scottish Rugby, the 27-year-old said: “I watched the 2016 Olympic Games and became a Scotland 7s player the year after, so the opportunity to get selected for Tokyo is something I’ve targeted over the past few years.

“The boys will all be trying to put their best foot forward over the coming months to ensure they are part of the final squad”.

GB Men’s head coach, Tony Roques said: “We’ve picked a squad with a huge amount of experience in successful sevens programmes and after what has been a very difficult year, everyone is up for the challenge.

“The management team are working exceptionally hard. We’re now on virtual calls with the players and you can see there’s excitement about the potential of what we can achieve.

“A lot of our conversations about our values are focussed on enjoying the moment and remembering where we’ve come from.

“Many people are suffering in the world at the moment and we’re aware there’s a bigger picture outside of rugby. We are hugely privileged to be given this opportunity and to have the chance to achieve something really special as a group”.

The team heading for Toyko will be looking to go one better than the2016 side who finished the games with a silver medal. That side included former Ayr and Cumnock starlet, Mark Bennett.