Young Scottish rugby talent Gavin Parker is enjoying a spell playing in New Zealand.

The former Merchiston Castle School and Exeter University player turned out for Heriot’s in the BT Premiership last season, mainly at full-back, and has since been in the Southern Hemisphere.

“I was always keen to travel after leaving university and having been to New Zealand before I thought it would be a great place to start, especially with the Lions tour being on too,” he said.

“The club I am playing for, Old Boys University, is one of Wellington’s more central clubs and an old team mate from my university had played here a few years ago so I managed to get in touch through him.

“I have enjoyed the rugby and it is quite a loose game in comparison to the BT Premiership, defences in Scotland are probably harder to break down, but the skill level is high here because of the willingness to throw the ball about a bit more.

“Having touched down at the end of April I haven’t had much time to get about and see the rest of New Zealand yet, but will hopefully get around after the season has finished.

“At the moment I’m planning to stay here at least until the end of the rugby season here in New Zealand.

“I’m enjoying my rugby at the moment and hopefully I’ll be getting better, so when I do get back to Scotland hopefully Heriot’s will have me again and we can try and do a better job than last year.”

And as well as playing at a decent level out in New Zealand, Gavin was also lucky enough to be at the second Test between New Zealand and the British & Irish Lions – “the atmosphere was incredible, hopefully we can finish the job this Saturday”.

Thanks to Gavin Parker and the club for the photo

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