Graduate Matt Scott looking to put the gloss on his career

Matt Scott: Has completed law degree (Getty)
Matt Scott: Has completed law degree (Getty)
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EDINBURGH internationalist Matt Scott today fired a message to club and country opponents on the eve of a Rabo Pro 12 seasonal debut against Italian side Zebre at Murrayfield tomorrow, insisting: “Now I feel like a complete rugby 
player – watch me go.”

Incredibly, as well as breaking through into the Edinburgh line-up from out of Currie’s premiership team and going on to win four Scotland caps last term, Scott was undertaking a law degree.

Immediately after Scotland’s summer tour where he faced Australia, Fiji, and Samoa to add to Test spurs gained in Ireland he rushed to a graduation ceremony and, looking back, Scott said: “Having the studies off my back is a huge thing for me. I didn’t realise how big a strain it all was until now.

“I feel like a rugby player now as opposed to half rugby player, half student.

“Don’t get me wrong, it is great to have a degree behind me and I am grateful to be where I am.

“But hopefully I can be an even better player starting tomorrow against Zebre.

Centre Scott stresses his focus is entirely on helping 
Edinburgh develop momentum as part of the same three-quarter line that faced Ulster in a Heineken Cup semi-final at the tail end of last season.

Nevertheless, he admits to a special challenge as he is in the rare position of having earned all four Scotland caps away from home.

“I really want to kick on from where I left off on Scotland’s summer tour drawing on experiences ranging from a storm in Australia to blazing sunshine in the Islands.

“That helped me as player and hopefully I’ll be involved with Scotland for the Autumn Tests. I am dying to play at Murrayfield for Scotland. I have not had any caps there.

“That is my incentive to do well with Edinburgh – to play in my home town would really make an impact on me.”

The Autumn schedule starts with a visit from world champions New Zealand, a team that Scotland have never beaten in 28 meetings.

But until this week no Scot had ever won a grand slam tennis title either; can Andy Murray’s success inspire other professionals?

Scott says: “All the guys came into training bleary eyed.

“We appreciate how hard he has worked, how he came so close so many times.

“There is a lesson in mental resilience we can draw on. We are a nation of near misses a lot of the time. We have to keep working hard and get results in the Autumn.

“As a pro sportsman you understand the work he has put in. Andy is a world class sportsman and very few Scots you can say are that in their respective sports.

“It’s never been done to beat the All Blacks although there have been a couple of draws.

“That would be a massive motivation for us all but first Edinburgh need to overcome Zebre.”