Douglas James Fife became Scotland's 1053rd cap player when he made his debut against Wales in the final game of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship. It was a reward for a fine season for Edinburgh Rugby during which he was a potent try scorer in one of the more competitive areas of team selection - the back three.
During the 2013/14 campaign, Fife has built upon his growing reputation and become a first XV regular, even showing impressive versatility turning out at centre.
Fife established himself in the starting line-up under Edinburgh Rugby head coach Alan Solomons and enjoyed his most prolific spell in black and red this winter, as he scored five times in seven matches - his Heineken Cup try against Gloucester at Murrayfield a real highlight for Edinburgh Rugby fans.
While growing into this increasingly impressive season, graduating from the EDP programme to full-time pro in the process, Fife won his first senior international honours for Scotland A in the 13-9 win over England Saxons in 2013 (the side's first win on English soil on the sixth time of trying) before starting seven successive matches in the spring run in.
Fife had a try-scoring debut for Scotland under-19 in the 55-13 victory against their Italian contemporaries at Lasswade, Edinburgh, in March 2009. He also played in the under-19 international against France a month later in Dourdan before being selected for 2010 under-20 6 Nations, starting every game and scoring Scotland’s second of three tries in the win over Italy in Sardinia before featuring as a strating winger in all but one of Scotland IRB JWC matches in Argentina.
Before that he had played for Scotland under-17 and Edinburgh under-17 and under-18 as well as for the Edinburgh back-up team against their Glasgow Warriors counterparts. He played his under-18 club rugby with Boroughmuir, then moving to Currie, where he played for the first XV in the Premiership’s first division, before joining Edinburgh Rugby's playing squad.
The Firrhill High School former pupil also has an impressive academic record. Alongside his rugby commitments, Fife earned a Higher National Diploma in sports coaching with development in sport at Telford College, Edinburgh, and went on to study at Edinburgh Napier University where he graduated with a degree in Sports Coaching.