Glasgow Warriors Nick Grigg makes his Scotland debut in Fiji on Saturday – and he has been tipped to do well by people who know him well.
David Adamson, who worked at Stirling County as Head Coach while centre Grigg was there said: “Nick was signed by Graeme Young, the club’s Head Coach before I arrived, so all I knew of him prior to arriving we what I had seen on YouTube. It was obvious he had something special about him, but was pretty raw.
“He was quite unique in that he wasn’t the tallest, but incredibly powerful, and quick. His laid back attitude belied a sharp rugby brain and winning mentality. He quickly became a popular and integral member of the first XV at Stirling.
“Over his first season in Scotland, I got to know him pretty well, and so I know how proud he is of his Scottish roots. For someone of his age to come over to Scotland on a partnership contract between Stirling and the Warriors, to a new country with a different culture and lifestyle, was an obvious risk for him, but I’m delighted for him that it is has worked out with the call up to the Scotland squad for the tour, as well as him having an excellent first season with the Warriors.
“If he continues on his current trajectory in pro rugby, who knows where he will be in a few years time. I’m thoroughly looking forward to seeing how it all pans out for him.”
Jonny Hope, who played with him at Stirling County, added: “It’s great to see Nick’s progression, from when he arrived and played for Stirling for the season I knew he was destined for big things.
“To look at you would think he is small, but he is very strong through contact, is a good tackler and he is pretty quick considering his legs are short!
“The club and squad at County took to Nick very quickly with his performances. It was great having him around Stirling as he’s a great guy, very outgoing and brings a lot of the ‘fun factor’ to training.
“He’s very hard working and takes on board advice. I hope he continues to develop and grow into a top class player.”
Gregor Townsend, the man who has picked him for the weekend’s outing in Suva, said: “Nick Grigg is an interesting one. Two years ago I got a message from Andy Leslie, father of [ex-Scotland caps] John and Martin, talking about this player who was Scottish qualified who he thought really could make it across here.
“He looked really good at club level for Petone that we saw on his footage. He came over on a four week trial and his energy and enthusiasm was fantastic and we got him an Academy contract, part-time with Stirling County.
“The Stirling guys will tell you he was outstanding and he earned his pro contract this year. Some of his performances for Glasgow have been fantastic – tackle breaks, line breaks, tries scored, real dominance in the tackle area.”
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