RISING star Sam Pecqueur is hoping Edinburgh Accies’ upcoming festive rugby friendly with a strong Co-optimists Select at Raeburn Place on December 29 can be an eye-catching opportunity to impress pro scouts.
The 20-year-old winger bagged a try brace to help Accies snatch a bonus point from last weekend’s BT Premiership defeat at Heriot’s which, nevertheless, moved them off the bottom of the table.
That took Sam’s league total to eight and influential observers are beginning to take note.
“I got a 15-minute run for Edinburgh’s A side against Glasgow A and that was a tremendous experience. I have also trained at Murrayfield a couple of times with Edinburgh’s elite development group,” Pecquer said. “I’m taking a year out from studies to concentrate on rugby and hopefully it will pay off.
“I played in the match against Co-Optimists last season and although conditions were horrible it was a really good occasion. Hopefully, too, it will let Accies take a bit of stress off before pushing on.”
Despite those tries including a brace against Currie and Hawick as well as Heriot’s, Pecqueur, who started out at Trinity Academy and played for their FP side for a season, insists: “The highlight of the rugby year for me has still to come.
“We’ve been putting in a lot of effort at Accies but haven’t been getting the breaks. We’ve got to turn things around before I can be satisfied.
“Personally things are going ok but I am helped by having a quality centre like Chris Dean alongside me keeping me right positionally and ensuring no bad ball is passed on.
“The club needs to have more success, though.”