What was your proudest Scottish sporting moment?
One is captaining Scotland in the Six Nations for the first time, beating England and getting to lift the cup at Twickenham. But probably the proudest moment of my career so far was receiving the Doddie Trophy. Being able to share that moment with Doddie’s family after his passing was something that I’ll remember forever. It’ll be tough to top in terms of proud moments, because it meant so much to us as a group, and as a nation.
If you were to pick one reason why Scottish fans should be excited about the upcoming Rugby World Cup what would it be?
It’s a massive opportunity. A lot of people have spoken about us being in a tough group, but we’d need to beat the strong teams at some point. This is both a challenge and an opportunity for us to do that early on in the tournament. We’ve got South Africa first up and then we finish the group stages against Ireland, so those are two bookending games for us to lay a real marker down. We’ve got nothing to lose going out there, and we’re going to throw everything at it.
What makes Scotland so special?
The people. As a nation we’re uniquely welcoming and kind, but we love to have a laugh.
What do you miss the most when you’re away?
My family. With young kids, I worry that I miss key moments with them. But I do what I do for them, so that they can have experiences. I’m really lucky in that respect and I’m glad that I can share it with them, even though it’s tough sometimes.