The lowdown on the Edinburgh and Scotland

winger Age 24 Born Edinburgh Lives Galashiels

Career history I played at school. then Gala Academy. and then I was lucky enough to go professional with Edinburgh, and then from there I

got a Scotland game.

Most memorable game Scotland beat England

in 2000 at Murrayfield that was pretty

memorable. And anytime you play the All Blacks is

always fun.

Favourite film It's going to sound corny. but Top Gun has to be up there as the best film. Favourite place to hang out? We all go to Beluga in Edinburgh. That's probably the most

regular place we go.

What book are you reading? Roy Keane's


What other sports do you play? I was a keen football player at school and I like to play a lot of golf. I've tried everything apart from horse riding. I‘ve tried fishing. skiing and curling. but I've never

been on a horse.

How does playing for Edinburgh compare to playing for Scotland? The biggest difference is preparation. Playing with your club. you train all day and you play all year; you know the guys inside out. With Scotland. you know all the players. but you don't know as much about them. It is quite difficult when one week you're playing against them and the next you're sharing a room together. Favourite place you’ve visited? I would say it's Dubai. I played sevens in Dubai and I liked the heat. New Zealand was a lovely place as well. but for a holiday I would say


Are you looking forward to next year’s World Cup? There's so much between now and then. There's huge

Sports events are listed by date, and then city. All events are subject to change at short notice, so please check in advance. Sport listings compiled by Maureen Ellis.


Rugby: Glasgow Rugby v Bourgoin llughenden. 32 Hughenden Road. 353 3468. 7.30pm. £17 (£7). (ilasgow take on the group leaders in this Heineken Cup match. The game cotild see (ilasgow go joint top or the French side extend their lead.

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Football: Rangers v Dundee United Ibrox Stadium. lidmiston Drive. 0870600 I993. 3pm. £l9-—£22 (£11). The 'l‘aysidc underdogs travel to lbrox intent on lilting the side out of the relegation zone.


Athletics: Scottish Athletics Cross Country Championships llolyrood Park. 317 7320. Noon. National cross country athletics championships.

Football: Hearts v Partick Thistle 'l‘ynecastle Stadium, (iorgie Road. 200 7201. 3pm. £l4s£l6 (£l()). Craig Levein's men are sitting comfortably midway through the season. but will need to make the most of every match if they are to make up ground and challenge for third place.

Ice hockey: Edinburgh Capitals V Guildford N'ltirraylield Ice Rink.


Riversdale Crescent. 337 6933. 6pm. £9 (£5). Ice hockey league match.

Outside the Cities

Football: Livingston v Hibernian West Lothian Courier Stadium. Alderstone Road. Livingston. ()l5()6 ~1l7()()(). 3pm. £l7 (£l()). The llibees travel west to take on their Lothian counterparts in what should be a picking- tip points exercise.


Cycling: Try Out CycIo-Cross Mugdock Country Park. Craigallian Road. Milngavie. 956 6100. Noon~ lpm. Have a go at this tough endurance sport by following a marked route over varying terrain.


Ice hockey: SNL Capitals Murrayl'ield Ice Rink. Riversdale Crescent. 337 6933. 6pm. £9 (£5). Scottish National League ice hockey match with opposition to be confirmed.

Outside the cities

Football: Kilmarnock v Celtic Rugby Park. Rugby Road. Kilmarnock. ()l563 525l84. lpm. £18 (£l()). Jim lel'fries‘ men will do well to stop yet another Old Firm massacre. Can they do a ‘Motherwell‘ and shock the pundits'.’

OutSIde the cities Horse-racing: Musselburgh Races Mtisselburgh Racecotirse. Linkiield Road. Musselbtirgh. 0| 3| 665 2859. l2.l5pin. £lll £|5 (£5): under |6s

commitments with Edinburgh. I've got the commitment hopefully with Scotland or Scotland A during the Six Nations. and there's a t0ur to South Africa in the Summer. It's quite difficult to look too far ahead. At the moment I'm thankful for the opportunity to play for Edinburgh. and. if things go well, hopefully I can make it through to the World

I Edinburgh Rugby play Glasgow on Boxing Day at Hughenden, G/asgow. 0747 353 34 78.

free. National hunt racing.


Football: Celtic v Dundee Celtic Park. Kerrydale Street. l’arkltead. 55l 8653. 3pm. £23 (£l-l). Dundee will be hoping Celtic team are more focused on their annual fancy dress bash rather than the game if they're to make it a respectable scoreline.


Ice hockey: Edinburgh Capitals v Dundee .‘vlurrayl'ield lce Rink. Riversdale Crescent. 337 6933. 6pm. £9 (£5). lce hockey league match.

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Ice hockey tournament The New Year gets off to a flying start with on-ice action featuring the Edinburgh Capitals. Dundee Stars. Fife Flyers and Newcastle Vipers. I Murrayfie/d Ice Rink, Riversdale Crescent, Edinburgh, 0737 337 6933. Thu 2 Jan, 6—9pm, Etbc.

OutSide the cities

Football: Kilmarnock v Hibernian Rugby Park. Rugby Road. Kilmarnock. ()l563 525l8-l. 3pm. £l7 (£l(l: £1 concession available). ln yet another Sl’l. grtidge match. Bobby

Williamson goes back to face his former

team. Let's see how the visiting team dressing room suits hint.


Football: Partick Thistle v Rangers l-‘irhill. 8t) l-‘irhill Road. 57‘) l97l. 3pm. £15. The Jags face the might of the (iers in this derby- match of sorts. Basketball: Scottish Rocks v Newcastle Braehead Arena. Kings Inch Road. 561 l 140. 5pm. £7 (£5): family ticket £20. It was all going so well. Where did they go wrong‘.’ The Rocks will be looking to repeat their recent purple patch which made them

serious BBL title contenders.


Ice hockey: SNL Capitals v Dundee SNL Murraylield Ice Rink. Riversdale Crescent. 337 6933. 6pm. £9 (£5). Scottish National League ice hockey match.

Boxing Day


Rugby: Glasgow Rugby v Edinburgh Rugby llughenden. 32 llughenden Road. 353 3468. 2pm. £12 (£6); family ticket £25. (ilasgow need to take advantage of this lnterpro home tie if they are to avenge the 29: I3 scoreline in the derby match earlier this year at Meadowbank. See preview for lidinburgh winger Chris Paterson.

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