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.