Zander Fagerson earned his Scotland debut as a replacement prop in the 2016 RBS 6 Nations against England at BT Murrayfield, making him the 1074th Scotland cap. He scored a first international try at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, where he made three tournament appearances.
Aged 20, Fagerson was the fourth youngest prop in Scottish history to be capped for the country, and the youngest to represent Scotland for more than half a century (since Bill Black debuted against France at Murrayfield 1948).
He started in all three of Scotland’s Autumn Tests that year and his performances earned him a starting place in all five tests at the 2017 RBS 6 Nations, as well as consistently featuring in Scotland's Summer Tour and Autumn Tests that year.
Injury disrupted Zander's good form, meaning he missed the start of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations, coming into the squad for the final two rounds and came of the bench in Scotland's win over Italy in the final round of their campaign.
Zander is older brother of Scotland internationalist Matt. They became the 48th brothers to play for Scotland and the 22nd pair to play together in the same Test match against USA on the 2018 Summer Tour. Together with brother George and Pete Horne (who also started that day) they are be the most recent recent pair of brothers to start at Test for Scotland since the Bullochs and Leslies in 2001.
In fact, it was be only the eighth time in close to 700 Scotland Tests when two sets of brothers have been on the field at the same time, with Fagersons and Hornes joining the Evans and Lamont brothers (2010), Bulloch and Leslie brothers (2001), Milne and Hastings brothers (1990), and the Neilson and Orr brothers, who did so four times (1891-1892).
Through the ranks...
A product of the High School of Dundee, Zander represented the school at under-16 and lifted the Brewin Dolphin Plate, before moving to Strathallan on a scholarship.
His impressive rugby credentials were then further enhanced by selection for Caledonia and his country at under-16 and under-18.
He was part of the sides that played Ireland and England in early 2013, starting at tight-head in both matches, and represented Glasgow Hawks in RBS Premiership during the 2013/14 season.
Outside of rugby, Fagerson won the 2010 Scottish Downhill Mountain Bike Championship (2010), was in the National Boys Choir (2008), and is a qualified lifeguard.
His professional club debut came year after signing his first professional contract with Glasgow Warriors, in March 2015, having been aligned to the club through Scottish Rugby's Elite Development Programme since June 2014.
Date of birth: 19/01/96
Scotland Debut: March 2016
Place of birth: Perth
2014 to present
France (replacement), France(2) (replacement), Georgia (replacement), Georgia(2), Samoa (replacement), Russia, Japan (replacement)
Italy (replacement), USA, Argentina
Ireland, France, Wales, England, Italy, Italy (replacement), Australia, Fiji (replacement), Samoa (replacement), New Zealand, Australia (replacement)
England (replacement), Australia, Argentina, Georgia