Battle for Adam Hastings is to improve and be himself

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As he moves from Scotland Under-18s to Under-20s, stand off Adam Hastings has been reflecting on the pros and cons of coming from one of Scotland’s most famous rugby families.

Dad Gavin is a former captain of the Lions while uncle, Scott, played for the Lions on two tours. And though Adam, 18, hasn’t made the initial cut from the extended pool for this year’s Six Nations, his chance to add to earlier age group honours will surely come.

“I don’t feel any particular pressure because of my name,” says Adam, pictured. “It can be frustrating to always be compared to my dad but it can’t be bad to be compared to an international rugby player, so I’m quite pleased.”

He also tells the current edition of the Rugby Paper: “It’s nice to have him giving me tips and things I should work on because he knows what he’s talking about.”

Before deciding his sporting future Adam, pictured, who moved from Watson’s College to Millfield School, Somerset, a couple of years ago, had to choose between rugby and football while he has also earned schoolboy honours as a champion javelin thrower.

“I always liked football and I played until two years ago but it came to a point where I had to choose. My dad was pretty relaxed about it but I knew I was always going to choose rugby.

“I prefer playing fly-half so I can get involved more but I’d play hooker if it means wearing a Millfield or Scotland shirt.

“I’ll qualify for England this summer but I’ll never turn my back on Scotland. It wouldn’t go down well if I told my family and friends that Twickenham was my home ground! I’m only in my first year of the under-20s so I’m not putting too much pressure on myself.”

As for the switch to school in England, he says: “George Watson’s was a great environment but I needed a new challenge. I needed to put myself out of my comfort zone. We were the big school up in Scotland and everyone wanted to beat us which is quite similar to Millfield now and that helped the transition.”