Since my early days as a scrum half for Trinity Academy I have loved rugby.
I have been a commentator on Commentator for Rugby Union for BBC Radio Scotland since 2011 covering Pro 12/14 matches featuring Edinburgh and Glasgow, European Cup, European Challenge Cup, HSBC International 7’s and Scotland international matches.
From 2014 -2018 I provided English language commentary on the BBC Alba television coverage of the Pro 12/Pro 14 . Since 2016/17, with the retirement of the terrific Bill Johnstone, I have been doing the Radio Scotland commentary, working principally with Peter Wright and Colin Gregor. In 2018 I achieved an ambition to cover Wales v Scotland in Cardiff.
One of the joys of commentating is meeting people who have played at the highest level and this is true of Peter and Colin but also in Scott Hastings, Andy Nicol, Chris Paterson, John Beattie and Alan Tait.
In 2018 I commentated on the Melrose 7’s for the first time, which was a fabulous experience and also covered the final with Doddie Weir.
I am also a qualified referee, albeit at the lowest level and done a number of U18 and U16 games in and around Edinburgh. Work commitments doesn’t allow me to referee often, but being a member of the Edinburgh Rugby Referees Society provides a great insight into the game and I can (hopefully) bring this knowledge into my commentaries.