Sean Fergus Lamont is now the second most-capped Scotsman of all time, with 88 international fixtures under his belt, behind Chris Paterson who has 109. He took over as on-field captain during the second-half of Scotland's 0-28 loss to South Africa in the 2013 viagogo Autumn Test. Earlier Sean became the eighth Scot to reach the milestone of 75 or more caps when he appeared in the 2013 RBS 6 Nations Championship game against Wales at Murrayfield.
Lamont was named The Famous Grouse Scotland Player of the Season in 2007, the first out-and-out wing to win the prize in the award’s 11 seasons at that point. He went on to play in four of Scotland’s five matches in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
He won his first Scotland cap against Samoa in Wellington, New Zealand, on the 2004 summer tour and went on to start in the two subsequent Tests against Australia. Earlier in the tour he scored Scotland’s only try in the match against the Super 12 Queensland Reds. He was named man of the match in the Six Nations match against Italy in 2005 for his hard-hitting display in both attack and defence, and in the final match of that tournament he had a try against England at Twickenham.
Lamont’s first international appearance with a Scotland squad was with the sevens team in 2002. He was a member of the Scottish Thistle’s team that competed at Melrose that year. He then followed that performance up with inclusion in the IRB tournament in Kuala Lumpur, before going on to be capped at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002.
He also had a try-scoring debut for Scotland A in the RDS Dublin match against the Irish in February 2009 – after he had won 36 caps.
Another try-scoring debut followed when he was called into the Scotland 7s squad as a replacement for the injured Thom Evans for the IRB Sevens World Series tournament at Murrayfield in May 2009. That try helped Scotland to a 33-17 win against England (winners of the previous weekend’s IRB tournament at Twickenham), and he had two more in the semi-final against South Africa. Those tries, however, could not prevent the Scots going down to an extra-time defeat by the South Africans, winners of the 2008/09 series.
12 years on from his first Commonwealth Games, in Manchester, in 2002, Lamont was named in the 12-man Team Scotland squad to compete in rugby sevens at Glasgow 2014.
Commonwealth Games stats: 1 cap (Manchester 2002), 4 tries and 20 points
HSBC Sevens World Series stats: below