Outsiders shy away from calling up big guns and stick with IRB series players While top seeds New Zealand and England have brought in the big guns, South Africa and Scotland, both outside chances to win the World Cup, will stick to the same core of players who have figured prominently in the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens this season. Fifth seeds South Africa will make just three changes to the squad who did duty in the IRB Sevens in Wellington and Los Angeles last month while Scotland have made only one change. Earlier this week, England drafted in Henry Paul, Richard Haughton (both player of the tournament at the last two Hong Kong Sevens respectively) and Ugo Monye, while the Kiwis called up Super 12 replacements. Scotland, seeded for the first time at the Rugby World Cup Sevens, have also decided to award caps to all their players taking part in the showpiece Hong Kong tournament from March 18-20. 'The decision to award sevens caps to the Rugby World Cup squad is a significant statement about the status of sevens in world rugby and in particular in the weeks leading up to the [Rugby World Cup],' said Ian McGeechan, Scotland Rugby Union director of rugby. 'We recognise the level of competition in which Scotland compete on the [IRB] circuit and congratulate them for their achievements, particularly over the past 18 months,' said McGeechan. Springbok coach Paul Treu has brought in Danwell Dumas (who played in Hong Kong last year), Stefan Basson and Kevin Foote to a 14-man training squad. Unavailable are Shandre Frolick (playing in Under-19 World Championship next month), Derick Kuun (studies) and Wayne van Heerden (returned to Eastern Province). And to show how seriously the South Africans are taking this, former Springbok coach Ian McIntosh will accompany the side as technical adviser. McIntosh was in charge of the Springbok sevens team at the last World Cup in Argentina. Treu described his squad as well balanced and boasting a wealth of experience and also having a crop of emerging talented players. They will have huge shoes to fill in Hong Kong - at the 1997 World Cup Sevens held in Hong Kong, Joost van der Westhuizen's team progressed all the way to the Cup final before losing to Fiji in a dramatic finale. 'We are confident of our chances and determined to continue with our proud performances in this competition,' said Treu. South Africa are playing in pool D alongside the fourth seeds Argentina. The real dark horses in the 24-team tournament, Scotland remain true to their seeding by being ranked eighth in this season's IRB Sevens series. They are grouped with top seeds New Zealand in pool A in the preliminary round competition. The seedings represent a major step forward for coach Rob Moffat's talented side and a huge boost for sevens in the country where the game of sevens was born, particularly as Scotland did not qualify for the last World Cup in 2001 in Argentina. Scotland have competed in all four IRB Sevens tournaments this season and finished in the top eight in both Dubai and Wellington. The largely unchanged squad will be captained by Gala's David Gray. Moffat said: 'It is an important development for the Scotland sevens squad and I feel it stresses the significance of being selected for your country. 'As well as this, it emphasises the position of sevens as a development tool and as a game in its own right within Scottish rugby.' Scotland captain Gray said receiving caps was a huge honour and would push his side further. 'It is a great honour for the players to be presented with sevens caps. 'To be selected to represent your country is something special but to receive a cap is further recognition of just how important it is. It puts an official stamp on your involvement in the Rugby World Cup squad,' said Gray. TRAINING SQUADS South Africa: Stefan Basson, Ryno Benjamin, Danwell Demas, Kevin Foote, Eddie Fredericks, Lesley Jackson, Fabian Juries, Gareth Krause, Tobela Mdaka, Jaco Pretorius, Schalk van der Merwe, Jose van Rensburg, Marius Schoeman, Jano Vermaak. Scotland: Mark Lee (Army), David Gray (Gala) captain, Alasdair Strokosch (Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish Institute of Sport), Kelly Brown (The Borders and Scottish Institute of Sport), Oli Brown (Boroughmuir), Kenny Sinclair (Glasgow Hawks), Andrew Turnbull (The Borders), Colin Gregor (Watsonians), Calum MacRae (The Borders and Scottish Institute of Sport), Roland Reid (London Irish), Clark Laidlaw (Jed-Forest) and Jamie Blackwood (Watsonians).