Hugh Patrick Blake kicked off his rugby career aged 11 for Pirongia RC in Waikato, played through the age grades, and onto the IRB Junior World Cup in South Africa.
With Otago since 2011, he was also part of the Highlanders squad in 2013. Both his grandparents are Scottish – one from Glasgow and one from Edinburgh – and he still has family in the city.
Joining Edinburgh Rugby in December 2014, Blake was named in the Scotland RBS 6 Nations squad in January 2015. He has now moved along the M8 where he will play for the Guinness PRO12 champions, Glasgow Warriors, in season 2015/16.
Having been involved with the senior Scotland squad during the 2015 RBS 6 Nations, Blake was called into the Scotland 7s team for the final leg of the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series at Twickenham, later that year, where he made his debut in a Scotland jersey.
Blake's first start for Scotland 7s came that weekend against Brazil, in the group stages. He then followed that up with his debut try against Kenya, the same afternoon.
Following impressive displays in the final leg of the 2014/15 World Series, Blake continued with the 7s squad the following season, playing in all ten of the circuit's tournaments.
Blake was a member of the first Scotland 7s squad to lift a World Series tournament Cup, when his side defeated South Africa, 27-26, at Twickenham to claim the coveted London 7s title.