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Hotshot: Glasgow Warriors back-row Matt Fagerson

Hold steady: Matt Fagerson in action for Glasgow Warriors. Photo: Inpho Rugby World

Meet Zander's talented younger brother, Matt Fagerson


Date of birth 16 July 1998 Country Scotland

When did you start playing rugby?

At the High School of Dundee when I was 11. My big brother (Scotland prop Zander) and dad were part of it, so it was something I was destined to do.

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How was your relationship with Zander growing up?

We squabbled – there was a lot of competition between us. We played in the garden all the time but he was a lot larger than me, so he realised he should save contact stuff for his own year.

Did you play other sports?

Swimming, golf and cricket. I moved to Strathallan at 15 and decided rugby was what I wanted to do.

Have you played in different positions?

I started at prop, then moved to the back row when I went to Strathallan. I played centre too.

Is openside your main position?

I’ve played there most of the year but can play across the back row.

When did you first play rep rugby?

I was with Scotland U16 and had two years with the U18s. I captained them in the England game last year but I snapped the ligaments in my finger and missed the other games.

When did you first link up with the Warriors?

I moved to Glasgow two weeks after my last school exam, last July. I was training with the seniors and thought I was just there to help in training, but then Gregor Townsend told me I was going to be on the bench against Ulster.

Who else are you playing for?

Glasgow Hawks. They’re going well.

Who have been your mentors?

Andrew Henderson, the Strathallan first XV coach, was monumental with my gym stuff and help. My parents have been fantastic too.

What are your aims now?

To make an impact where I can.

RW Verdict: He’s only 18 but Fagerson already has four Pro12 appearances under his belt. This 6ft 2in Scotland U20 back-row has a great role model in brother Zander, who was capped for the senior XV at the age of just 20.

This article first appeared in the April 2017 issue of Rugby World. For the latest subscription offers, click here.

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