If you hadn’t heard about Hamilton’s own Jordan Craig bring involved in the Scotland U18 squad then where have you been?!
We met up with Jordan to talk about his experience.
What does it mean to you?
For me it was an honour to represent Scotland at the U18 Six Nations. Getting the opportunity to be part of the Scotland squad at any age grade is an amazing achievement. After not being selected for the Six Nations warm up fixture against England I felt that the opportunity had passed but the hard work I had put in between the England game and the Six Nations paid off and fortunately I was selected as part of the 26 man squad. So for me it was a real insight into how far you can go when you apply yourself and I felt proud of the work I had put in to get in the squad.
What was it like being part of an international tournament?
The Six Nations tournament was more than just a rugby tournament, rather than the emphasis being solely on rugby, teams were encouraged to spend time with one another and learn from each other. The day after the Italy game we spent the afternoon analysing our performance with the Italian players so that we could discuss what our strengths were and what the team could improve on before the next game.
What has helped you reach that level?
The Glasgow academy has had a significant impact on my development as a rugby player, the great coaching and the access to strength and conditioning programmes has really helped me improve. Working with the Hamilton senior squad has also helped me deal with the physicality of international rugby.
Any advice for younger Bulls?
My advice for young Bulls would be to keep on training and trying to improve your skills. If you are lucky to be a part of the Glasgow and the West player development programme then make sure that you work hard and attend all the training sessions. In my case I wasn't selected for Scotland u16s, however I continued to go to every training session and the following year I was selected for Scotland u17s. So my advice for young bulls would be to keep putting in the effort and trying to improve because you might not be where you want to be right now, but keep putting in the effort and it might just pay off.
Well Done on your achievements so far Jordan and keep up the good work!