Scott MacLeod

Scott MacLeod was born 3 March 1979 in Hawick. He attended Drumlanrig Primary School and went to Hawick High School from 1990. He was a Scottish international rugby player. He currently plays as a lock for Newcastle Falcons.

Scott was introduced very late to rugby at the age of 21, having previously played basketball and been a keen golfer. He joined Hawick Trades before going on to play for Hawick RFC, with whom he won the BT Cellnet Cup in 2002 and from whom he joined the Borders professional team when it was set up that year. Scott represented the Borders at under-21 level, then left the Border Reivers to join Llanelli Scarlets for the 2006-2007 season. He returned to Scottish rugby in January 2008 by signing for Edinburgh.

MacLeod made his debut for the national side on 6 November 2004, against Australia, and has won 24 caps for Scotland. He was in the Scotland squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, where he made five appearances.

In November 2010, MacLeod moved to Japan when he signed for the Kobe Kobelco Steelers for their 2011-12 Top League campaign.

In season 2012/13, he joined Newcastle Falcons following their relegation to the RFU Championship and was their Player of the Year when they won the league and secured promotion back to the Premiership.

by Ewan Chelley