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Hotshot: Scotland U20 wing Robbie Nairn

In the clear: Robbie Nairn breaks at the 2016 U20 World Cup. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World

Find out more about Glasgow Warriors’ 2017 summer signing Robbie Nairn


Date of birth 18 February 1997 Position Wing Club Glasgow Warriors

How did you get involved in rugby?

I didn’t start until I was 14. I played football and athletics before that. I enjoyed being part of a team so went along to my local rugby club, Currie, with my mates.

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Have you always played wing?

I was big and fast and, while a lot of my mates played from minis, I was a latecomer. If I’d started rugby when I was younger I still think I’d be in the same position. I like wing.

What athletic disciplines did you do?

I started off sprinting, then did discus and shot put. I used to train ten times a week and when I was 16 I had to decide to do one sport if I was to take it to the next level.

I opted for rugby. I got to a high level with shot put – I was fourth in the UK – but my heart wasn’t in it. I liked the team side of things.

You went to your first U20 World Cup aged 18…

Yes, I was sitting my exams at the World Cup in Italy, which was pretty unusual. Playing at that level was good exposure. I played last year in Manchester and made my third one in Georgia.

You’ve also played for Scotland Sevens…

It’s another experience I can draw lots of positives from. The skill levels are higher in sevens and there’s a lot of space. It’s a good way to test yourself.

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Why did you join Harlequins?

I was looking for a new challenge and got an academy contract.

I had an awesome couple of years, getting exposure (on loan) in the Championship and National One.

Now you’re at Glasgow…

It’s a fantastic club. I’ve come because I want to break into the first team and get appearances under my belt. But I’m not too sure how the season will look. I could possibly be involved with the sevens.

RW Verdict: A hugely experienced age-grade player who has size and speed on his side – no doubt helped by his long-jumper mum’s genes – he should make an impact with Glasgow and/or the national sevens side.

This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of Rugby World.

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