Ruaridh Jackson is a confident, multi-talented stand-off who has developed into a key figure for both Glasgow Warriors and Scotland, having learned much in both environments from one-time Firhill favourite Dan Parks.
On his return from the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Jackson boosted the Warriors by agreeing a new two-year contract that ties him to the Scotstoun club until at least the end of May 2014.
Jackson signed for the Scotstoun club in May 2008 and marked his first starting appearance with a fine display against Bath in the Heineken Cup match at The Rec in December the same year.
Former Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen first spotted Jackson playing for Robert Gordon’s College in the Royal Navy Scottish Schools Sevens in 2006 when they reached the final. Jackson kicked four conversions against Selkirk High School to win the competition. In winning the tournament with a 28-19 victory in that final, Robert Gordon’s qualified to represent Scotland in the Four Nations’ Rugby Sevens in Portsmouth.
Later in the year Jackson made his first appearance in Glasgow Warriors’ squad, selected on the bench for the European Challenge Cup match against Saracens at Watford, though he did not get on to the field.
After school rugby he joined the Cartha Queens Park club in Glasgow, and in 2007 he switched to Glasgow Hawks. Rugby runs in his family: his father, Greg, played for Melrose, as did two uncles, Norman and Trevor.
Jackson, a graduate of Scottish Rugby’s National Academy, has also played for Scotland at cricket as a member of the national under-17 team.