When did you first play rugby? 

In March 2012. I played football from when I was three until about 13, then in my last year at school I was asked to play in a charity rugby match against the boys’ team. After that the local development officer, Stuart Fenwick, took some of us to play in a tournament in Edinburgh.

Did you learn quickly? 

Yes. I think it helped that I’d played so much football.

Which positions have you played in rugby? 

Last year I was playing stand-off and this season I play inside-centre for Ayr and wing for Scotland U20.

What is your next aim?

I have been told I will play for Scotland this year. I have trained with the sevens and national squads this season, but couldn’t play in the World Cup qualifiers because I wasn’t 18 until September.

Do you miss out on things other 18-year-olds do? 

The social side of rugby is brilliant, but if I want to take my career further I have to be sensible about it.

RW verdict: Irving has come a long way in a short time and is highly rated within the Scotland set-up.

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