Quiz Hawke's Bay Sevens coach Ellery Wilson about who is impressing him most during his wider training squad sessions and he is quick to respond.

"Damien Scott ... he is the fittest," Wilson replied, referring to the Napier Pirate Rugby and Sports and Hawke's Bay Saracens loosie.

"We had a Bronco test the other day. It's considered pretty good if you finish under five minutes. Damien did it in 4m30s and 10s ahead of his nearest rival.

For the uninitiated, the Bronco test is a 1200m run consisting of five 20m, 40m and 60m shuttle runs.

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"Fitness is a part of the game I pride myself on," Scott replied when congratulated on his feat.

A third-season veteran of the Hawke's Bay squad, Scott, 22, is also one of the oldest players in the team that will play in a Wellington-hosted tournament tomorrow.

While Scott is hoping for another consistent summer of sevens he is equally as focused on his main goal for next winter - cracking a berth in the Magpies Mitre 10 Cup squad.

Considering what he achieved this year few pundits would bet against him ticking that goal off.

Along with Magpies prop Pouri Rakete-Stones, Scott, formed the Hawke's Bay contingent in the New Zealand Universities team which played in Japan earlier this year and he is aiming to make the national side against next year when they host a team from Japan.

The old boy of St John's College in Hastings as well as Clive and Hereworth schools often exceeded expectations in premier club play and it wasn't a surprise when he played a prominent role in the Hawke's Bay Saracens third consecutive Hurricanes Development competition win.

"That was the first time I've been involved with the Saracens. I've had a pretty good year," Scott explained.

A prop in sevens, Scott, pointed out Wilson is taking a young team south to the capital tonight.

"Every year we have a young squad and this weekend we have a lot of first timers. This weekend is more about working on combinations and getting matchplay rather than results. December 1 is when results will be the priority," Scott said, referring to the Central Region tournament in Levin which will be a qualification event for the December 15 and 16 nationals in Tauranga.

Earlier this year Scott graduated from Otago University with a science degree. He majored in chemistry and next year he intends to begin studying again with the aim of becoming a science teacher.

In the meantime he is enjoying working as a labourer for McNatty Construction.

The physical nature of the job helps him achieve the high fitness levels his teammates and coaching staff salute.

Ricky Hayes, Hayden Hann and Mitch Drew are other experienced sevens players in this weekend's Bay squad.

However they know with the likes of Samuels, Spooner-Neera and several Magpies squad members still to return they will have to produce some polished displays to make the cut for Levin.

There will be plenty of competition for berths in Wilson's nationals squad this summer.

Fans can't wait for Magpies speedsters Mason Emerson and Michael Buckley to be on the field together at the same time.

Providing the best sevens players are available and injury free, Wilson should be able to guide his team to a semifinal finish in Tauranga. Expect Scott to be in the mix again.

He's the bloke who brings the necessary grit at contact time. His defensive workrate is top shelf and his recent Bronco test is proof of how much he wants to be there.

Hawke's Bay will be one of eight teams at tomorrow's tournament.

Wellington will field two sides, Manawatu two and Canterbury, Horowhenua-Kapiti and Whanganui one each.

Hawke's Bay will take on Wellington Black, Whanganui and Manawau Green in pool play before playing a crossover game.

Coach Wilson will miss the services of former All Blacks Sevens players Tamati Samuels and Trinity Spooner-Neera who are both on the injured list.

Magpies players are still in their post-Mitre 10 Cup rest period and another three of Wilson's training squad, Teihana Brown, Kalin Paewai and Sam Walton-Sexton are playing a tournament in Thailand this weekend.

The Hawke's Bay team for tomorrow is: Ricky Hayes, Hayden Hann, Jayden Rihia, Mitch Drew, Damien Scott, Trent Hape, Saia Paese, Jacob Stephenson, Tyrone Dodd-Edwards, Zac Donaldson, Nathan Ramsay, Tione Hubbard, Rana Hubbard.