It is surely only a matter of time before Jonny and Richie Gray, neither of whom is on this tour, join the Fagersons and Hornes in the same side. Most, that is, except for Matt and Zander themselves. His form in the 2017/18 season was rewarded with a maiden international call-up, which saw him win his first cap in a 30-29 defeat to the USA in Houston on the 2018 summer tour. WHEN Zander Fagerson takes to the field alongside his younger brother tomorrow night, he will in a sense be repaying a favour from two years ago. A physical back-rower, Fagerson represented Scotland at U16 and U18 level before representing Scotland in the 2017 World Rugby U20s Championship in Georgia, helping the team finish fifth. Our dedicated team of journalists, photographers and business minds bring their talents and enthusiasm to our unrivalled coverage of the game. Matt, who turns 20 next month, watched Zander growing up too, albeit from the perspective of a child who was in awe of what his sibling was achieving at such a young age. Blair Cowan poised to end four years of Test exile, ‘It’s good to be back,’ says Richie Gray, as he eyes first cap in over two years, Finn Russell eyes glory with Racing 92 in European Champions Cup Final, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne determined to make the most of Exeter Chiefs opportunity, Townsend turns to the tried and tested for gruelling Autumn Test series, Three uncapped players in Scotland’s Autumn Test squad, Glasgow v Scarlets: Warriors off the mark but make it hard for themselves, Munster v Edinburgh: valiant visitors denied at the death, Lockdown provides Stuart Hogg with a sense of perspective, Return of competitive club rugby in Scotland postponed until January 2021 at earliest, on Scotland tour: Fagerson brothers get set to celebrate joint appearance. However, the game will perhaps mean most to their grandfather, Ladd Fagerson, who now lives in Aberfeldy but is an American who studied at Harvard. Zander Fagerson made his debut for Glasgow Warriors in a 43-20 victory over Treviso in Italy in October 2014, helping his side to hold on despite being down to 13 men. At first he was loath to make the positional switch, but it is second nature to him now, and he knows there is no going back. Three pairs, on the other hand, is pretty rare in any sport. True, given Zander is in the same team, it’s a bit easier for him to ensure he is in attendance. He was invited to train with the Scotland squad for the 2015 Six Nations by Vern Cotter, before being called up for the first time to the Scotland squad in January 2016. (ID: 28). Rob Hunter: the unsung Scot behind Exeter Chiefs’ pack dominance, Andrew Davidson hails Edinburgh’s harder work and higher standards, Charlie Shiel keen to show that he can play with control as well as pace, Danny Wilson Q&A: on life, leadership and his ambitions in a new job that was “100 per cent what I wanted to do”. Update your browser to view this website correctly. I’ve not tried to emulate him, but I wanted to follow in the same footsteps. Check your syntax! “I’ve watched Matt growing up a lot,” said Zander, at 22 the older by some two and a half years. My old mates at Dundee High know I played one game at prop, got a sore neck and got absolutely smashed and I said ‘I’m never playing prop again’. Support our coverage  of all levels of Scottish rugby. After all, Matt made sure he was there for Zander’s Scotland debut in the 2016 Calcutta Cup match, so it seems only fair that the older sibling should be in attendance to see the No 8 win his first cap. He is a product of the High School of Dundee, and represented the school at U16, where he helped them win the Brewin Dolphin Plate before moving to Strathallan. It was massive for me. “I grew up as the younger brother of the bloke who was making the [national under-] 20s squad when he was 17, making his Glasgow debut at 18 and his Scotland debut so young as well, especially for a prop. He’s a fantastic ball-carrier, has really good footwork and has brought really strong defence. It is Matt Fagerson’s kind of game to get stuck into the rough and tumble of forward play but, if it gets a little too rough and, well, tumbly, when he makes his Scotland debut here against the USA To look at them now, it is pretty clear which one plays in the front row and which in the back, but there was a time when they might have been on a collision course, with Zander also having set out to be a No 8. Sign up to receive free weekly updates to your inbox. Got my debut off the bench.”, Cockerill plans to catch up with kindred spirit Neil Lennon, Scotland tour: Townsend praises leadership qualities of new captain Hogg, Keith Russell wins unfair dismissal case against the Scottish Rugby Union. His impressive rugby credentials were further enhanced by selection for Caledonia at U16 and U18, while the powerful prop has also represented his country at the same age groups. (ID: 3), We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article, Error, group does not exist! The younger brother of Scotland international Zander, Matt first pulled on a Glasgow shirt in the 2016/17 pre-season fixture vs Canada 'A', scoring a try in the process. “He’s developed into a pretty handy player. We’re not rooming together on this camp, but we have before.”. Zander Fagerson made his debut for Glasgow Warriors in a 43-20 victory over Treviso in Italy in October 2014, helping his side to hold on despite being down to 13 men.

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