The first ever recipient of the John Macphail Rugby Scholarship captained Scotland to victory against Wales in the RBS 6 Nations last weekend.
John Barclay, who received the award as a 19 year old in 2005, was named captain for the first time and led the team to a 29-13 victory in a rousing match at Murrayfield.
Another former award recipient, Finn Russell, meanwhile, was named man of the match, after contributing 19 points to the victory.
The award is a partnership between The Robertson Trust and Scottish Rugby Union and enables two young rugby players – who have demonstrated the potential to win a future Scottish cap – to undertake training with a New Zealand rugby club each year. It is named after John Macphail, ex-Chairman of The Robertson Trust and a former Scotland rugby international himself.
Previous recipients include:
- 2015: Callum Hunter-Hill, Ben Robbins
- 2014: Adam Ashe, Ewan McQuillin
- 2013: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Finn Russell
- 2012: Jonny Gray, Gregor Hunter
- 2011: Grant Gilchrist, Harry Leonard, George Turner
- 2010: Finlay Gillies
- 2009: Lewis Niven
- 2008: Roddy Grant
- 2007: Kevin Bryce
- 2006: Graham Hogg
- 2005: John Barclay
The award reflects The Robertson Trust’s commitment to helping talent in Scotland realise its potential. You can read more about our various scholarship awards here.