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Hotshot: Edinburgh back Blair Kinghorn

Can't catch me: Blair Kinghorn (left) evades Cory Hill of the Dragons. (Photo: Huw Evans Agency) Rugby World

Date of birth: 8 January 1997. Country: Scotland


How did you get into rugby? I played at my school, Edinburgh Academy, from when I was seven or eight. Did you play other sports? I played football and got into the Hearts Academy for U13 and U14, but when it changed to Saturday and clashed with rugby, I chose rugby. So far it’s proved to be a wise choice! Have you played in different positions? At the 2015 U20 World Championship I played full-back. I had only done it in training before but I liked it. You get more time on the ball and more chance to run. I’m still more comfortable at No 10 just now. Who do you model your game on? Dan Carter and Jonny Wilkinson are big, big people in my eyes. When did you first play for Scotland? With the U18s last season (2014-15), then I was called up for the U20 World Championship, which I wasn’t expecting so soon. I was shocked but I really enjoyed it. Who’s had a big influence on you? My first XV coach at school, Mark Appleson, was brilliant with me. When did you link up with Edinburgh? They offered me an Academy contract last spring, then a professional contract instead, just before I went away with the U20s. What are your aims for this season? To develop my game and maybe get some game time for Edinburgh towards the end. I’d like to play a big role in the U20 Six Nations and World Championship too. RW Verdict: Promoted to Scotland U20 a year early in 2015 after scoring an impressive solo try on his U18 debut, Kinghorn is a skilful and intelligent young player and a reliable goalkicker. Remember the name. First published in the November 2015 edition of Rugby World magazine.

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