One week today (Monday 4 June) Scotland under-20 will kick-off their IRB Junior World Championship in Cape Town against Australia under-20 (kick-off 2.45pm, local time), the day before the senior team take on the Wallabies in Newcastle, Australia.
For hooker Fergus Scott it’s a chance to bounce back from an RBS 6 Nations Championship wrought with injury, to test himself against Edinburgh Rugby’s George Turner as they compete for the number 2 jersey.
He said: “Training has gone really well and the guys are looking sharp, everything is coming together well. I had a pretty frustrating Six Nations so to be fit and playing a part in the squad is pretty special for me.”
By this time next week Scott will know if he has earned a place in the starting XV and his brother, Matt, will also know if he will be in the team to take on the Wallabies down under, where he is currently on the South Pacific tour with Scotland. However, with Fergus playing in the forwards and Matt in the backs, the need to compete with each other has been limited.
He continued: “It helps that we don’t play the same position to be honest. It means that I can do my own thing and that competitive brother thing has never really been an issue. I do ask him, sometimes, for advice but it’s just good to get an insight into what he is doing, that preparation you need for the lifestyle of a professional rugby player.
“It’s going to be pretty special for the family with Matt playing on the Scotland tour in Australia while I’ll be in South Africa. I’m really not sure what the family are going to do to be honest. I think my dad would be keen to go to Australia and then fly to South Africa but I’m not sure Mum really wants to get on that many planes!”
To add to the excitement, today also marks Fergus signing an Elite Development contract with Glasgow Warriors.
Scott concluded: “What will be really interesting is next year when I’m at Glasgow Warriors, and Matt is at Edinburgh Rugby. We could maybe see the competitive thing come out a wee bit more.”