Richard John Vernon won his first cap for the Scotland national team as a replacement in the Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Test win against Fiji at Murrayfield in November 2009.
To date he has 20 Scotland caps and regards the pinnacle of his international career being selected for the squad that travelled to New Zealand for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
He joined Border Reivers as an apprentice in summer 2006 and made his professional debut in January 2007 in the Heineken Cup match against Northampton Saints at Murrayfield. The following month he was at No.8 for Scotland in the under-20 internationals against England and Wales, and in the summer that year he moved from Reivers to Glasgow Warriors.
Vernon first played with Scotland 7s at the IRB’s Dubai and George (South Africa) tournaments in 2005, and he returned to the squad to be an ever-present force in the eight tournaments in 2007/08. He scored three of the Scots’ nine tries in the San Diego (USA) tournament and then notched five in the Twickenham event plus three a week later at Murrayfield before injury forced him to miss the last two ties.
He was a critical member of the Scotland 7s team that finished fourth in the 2014 Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s, scoring two tries that weekend, which in turn saw him named in Stephen Gemmell's Glasgow 2014 rugby sevens squad.
In April 2008 he was in the Scottish Thistles’ squad who won the prestigious Melrose sevens, and 10 months later he returned to the national sevens squad for the IRB’s tournaments in Wellington (New Zealand) and San Diego (USA). Richie was also in the Great Britain sevens squad in the 2005 World Games in Duisburg, Germany.
The High School of Dundee former pupil has played also for Caledonia under-16 and under-18.
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