Matt Scott’s rise to prominence

by Scott Thomson

Only three years ago I was preparing for the new rugby season alongside Matthew Scott who was about to begin his third stint in Colts Rugby with Currie Rugby Club.  The first game of the season brought an away victory against Biggar in which stand-off Scott played a pivotal role. The Colts side of that season went on to win the Under 18 Scottish Cup. The rest as they say is history.

On Saturday Scott experienced European Rugby for the first time against London Irish for Edinburgh Rugby as they came from behind to win 20-19 in the first round of fixtures in Pool 2 of the Heineken Cup at the Madejski Stadium, a far cry from the lights of Malleny Park.

It was at Currie Rugby Club where Scott has played the most of his rugby career so far. Since joining the mini section at seven years old he made his way up through the youth levels to Colts Rugby. After excellent performances for the Colts at the beginning of the 2009/10 season he received a call from Currie Head Coach Ally Donaldson on a Friday evening to play for the 1st XV against Melrose in Premier One on the Saturday. He then went on to play almost all of Currie 1st’s games that season which led to a call up to the Scotland under 19 squad. Scott has not looked back since.

The Edinburgh Uni Law student has certainly found his feet in the professional ranks since joining Edinburgh in the summer as an elite development player. He has started in five of Edinburgh’s eight RaboDirect Pro 12 fixtures so far this season including starts against heavyweights such as Munster and current Heineken Cup holders Leinster. Scott celebrated his 21st birthday in fine style with his first try for Edinburgh against Munster at Murrayfield Stadium on 30th September.

Matt Scott on his way to scoring his first try for Edinburgh against Munster.

The move to Edinburgh Rugby has seen Scott switch from stand off to centre, a role which he has flourished in so far due to his ability to make line breaks and since the Scotland team returned from World Cup duties in New Zealand he has formed a formidable partnership with Scotland centre Nick De Luca.

The future certainly looks bright for Scott and if he continues in the same vein of form for the remainder of the season then no one could argue if Scotland coach Andy Robinson includes him in his squad for next year’s Six Nations.

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