When did you first play?
I started at Stirling County when I was seven or eight and stayed until I was 19.
Is rugby a favourite sport in your family?
I have two brothers, one two years older and one three years younger, and we always played together in the garden. Wherever we were we would have a ball with us. My dad Keith coached my junior team.
When did you first represent Scotland?
In the U20s. I trained with the U18s but didn’t play.
You played in New Zealand last summer. How was that?
It was brilliant to go there on the John Macphail Scholarship. I had Jason Holland (ex-Munster) as a mentor and I did individual sessions with him.
You have now signed a pro contract at Glasgow…
I’ve been there since I was 19 and it’s brilliant. It was great to come back from New Zealand and get my first start. The rest of the time I play for Ayr.
What else do you do?
I was an apprentice stonemason. I want to do my final year.
What are your aims now?
I am hoping to get some game time for Glasgow when the Scotland players are away during the Six Nations. It’s so competitive here… I just have to keep chipping away.
RW verdict: The 21-year-old fly-half has “an excellent base to build on” according to coach Gregor Townsend.
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