Border Reivers captain and Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter will join French side Perpignan this summer on a two year deal. Aberdeen born Cusiter began his professional career with The Borders, now the Border Reivers, in 2003 and has gone on to win 31 Scotland caps and represented the British & Irish Lions.Border Reivers captain and Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter will join French side Perpignan this summer on a two year deal.
Aberdeen born Cusiter began his professional career with The Borders, now the Border Reivers, in 2003 and has gone on to win 31 Scotland caps and represented the British & Irish Lions.
Speaking about the move, Cusiter said: “With the unfortunate news that the Reivers will close at the end of the season, I felt like I needed a change. So the prospect of playing for a big club like Perpignan, who have a great set-up and a massive following, was too good to turn down.
Reflecting on his time in the Borders, Cusiter added: “I’ve been with the Borders for four years now and the club has been really good to me. Over the past few seasons, I’ve done my best to try and give something back to both the club and the community for the support they’ve given me.
“I have met a lot of great people in the Borders and had the honour of playing alongside some very talented players. I have also been lucky enough to have worked with some great coaches like Tony Gilbert, Rob Moffat and Steve Bates who have all had a big influence on my career. I’m very grateful for all that they have done for me over the years.
“The Borders gave me my start in professional rugby so I owe them a lot. I’m now setting my sights on getting into the Scotland squad for World Cup before joining my new club.”
Commenting on Cusiter’s contribution to the club, Reivers head coach Steve Bates said: “Chris has been a huge part of this club since he came here in 2003.
“He is a well respected member of the team and a consummate professional. He sets a positive example to our younger players and those that he meets in the community.
”I’d like to thank Chris for everything he has done for the team and wish him all the best for the future.”
CHRIS CUSITER (Border Reivers)
Scrum half. Born: 13.6.82 in Aberdeen. Height: 5ft 10in (1.78m). Weight: 13st 1lb (83kg).
Christopher Peter Cusiter scored his first try for Scotland in the second Test of 2004 tour to Australia, and his second followed when he made a replacement appearance in the 48-6 win against Romania in the Bank of Scotland Corporate international at Murrayfield in November 2006. He made his first start of the 2006 RBS 6 Nations campaign against Italy in Rome but suffered a disappointment when injury forced him to leave the field after only 10 minutes: the injury caused him to miss Scotland’s 2006 tour to South Africa. Injury struck again that year when just a week after his try-scoring appearance against Romania he was carried off barely 10 minutes into the international against the Pacific Islands, also at Murrayfield. But he was back in the national team for the Twickenham match against England on the opening day of the 2007 RBS Six Nations Championship. Before his start against Italy in March 2006 Chris had come on as a replacement in all of Scotland’s previous games in the Six Nations tournament as well as starting in their final two matches of the 2005 Autumn Test series against Samoa and New Zealand. Earlier in 2005 he played in six matches for the British and Irish Lions, including as a substitute in the pre-departure Test against Argentina in Cardiff. Also in 2005 he was man of the match for his battling display in Scotland’s loss to France in the opening game of the RBS 6 Nations Championship. He made his first start for Scotland in the 2004 RBS 6 Nations Championship match against Wales. His Scotland A debut was as a second-half substitute in the victory against Romania in November 2002. While a pupil at Robert Gordon’s College, Chris played for North Schools at under-15, under-16 and under-18 levels as well as representing Scottish Schools at under-15, under-16 and under-18 before graduating to the Scotland under-18 team and playing in under-19 and under-21 world championships. He was in the national under-19 team in 2001 IRB/FIRA world junior championship in Chile, and over the following two years he had eight internationals for Scotland under-21, including all five matches in that age group’s 2003 Six Nations Championship this year, scoring a stunning individual try in the 41-11 victory against Italy at his former home ground, Countesswells, Aberdeen. However, his participation in the subsequent IRB Under 21 World Championship in England was severely curtailed when his right knee was injured in the opening match against Wales at Henley-on-Thames. His brother, Calum, also a scrum half, has played age-grade rugby for Scotland and, like Chris, played club rugby at Boroughmuir. They have now linked up again with Calum signing a contract with Border Reivers. Their father, Stan, was stand-off for Gordonians and also represented North and Midlands. Chris has played his club rugby with Watsonians and Boroughmuir and was enlisted to train with Glasgow Rugby before joining Borders. He is a member of the Scottish Institute of Sport.
International record: 31 caps. 2004 – W E It F I Sam A1 A2 A3 J A4 SA. 2005 – F I It W Arg(rep) Sam NZ. 2006 – F(rep) W(rep) E(rep) I(rep) It R(rep) PI. 2007 – E W It I F(rep). 10 points – 2 tries.