McLeod’s ‘big honour’ against the Irish

Scott McLeod, of Hawick, makes a break in last Friday's club international against Ireland at Netherdale
Scott McLeod, of Hawick, makes a break in last Friday's club international against Ireland at Netherdale

Hawick ace Scott McLeod was

thrilled to be part of the Scotland Club International XV who recorded their first win in nearly two years against Ireland last Friday night.

The Greens winger, who was making his debut for the Scots, helped them to a 23-18 victory at Netherdale, forcing Ireland to hand back the Dalriada Cup. It was an impressive performance considering the Scots had trained together only three times leading up to the contest.

Talking to the Hawick News, McLeod said: “It was a big honour and a complete privilege to pull on the Scotland jersey and sing our anthem,” he said. “I was very excited leading up to the game and I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to play for my country and secure a victory, which helped make it an even better experience.”

The 25-year-old believes the Ireland performance is an example of how healthy the club game is in Scotland and he would like to see a similar outcome when the squad gets together again before they face England on February 27 at Fylde Rugby Club, Blackpool.

“Beating Ireland shows just how good our Premiership really is,” said McLeod.

“We have a deep division full of top players and hopefully we can continue to show just how good we can be when we all meet to prepare for our next game against the auld enemy. I’ve never had an opportunity to play against England in a competitive match so I’m going to relish this chance to get one over on our biggest rivals. They will be a big side but we have a squad full of superb talent so I don’t see why we can’t make it two wins from two.”