Alasdair Karl Strokosch has the distinction of being voted Scotland player of the tour by his coaches on both the 2012 trip to Australia and the South Pacific and the 2013 tour to South Africa.
On that latter occasion his injury time try, his second for Scotland, gave Greig Laidlaw the opportunity to land a conversion and secure Scotland a 30-29 success against Italy. Strokosch has played for Scotland in victories against England in three age grades and seven-a-side rugby as well as for Scotland A and in a Calcutta Cup match. That set was completed in the 15-9 victory in the RBS 6 Nations Championship contest at Murrayfield in March 2008.
He followed that up a week later by winning the man-of-the-match award even in defeat by Italy in Rome, and two months later he played in both Tests in Argentina. He missed out on the subsequent November Tests against New Zealand and South Africa, but he returned for the final match of the series, scoring his first Scotland try in the 41-0 win against Canada at Pittodrie, Aberdeen.
He was omitted for the opening match of the 2009 Six Nations against Wales, but he was back at blind side for the visit to France six days later and the subsequent games against Italy, Ireland and England, a sequence that continued in November that year through the three matches in the Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Tests at Murrayfield.
Alasdair made his Scotland debut as a replacement in the Bank of Scotland Corporate international against Australia at Murrayfield in November 2006. But he had to wait more than a year for his next cap – and first start – in the RBS Six Nations Championship game against Ireland at Croke Park in February 2008.
He earned that recall in the injury absence of Jason White, Scotland’s captain, but he put in such a fine performance, even in defeat, that he remained at blind side for the Calcutta Cup win against England two weeks later.
He appeared in all three of Scotland A’s matches in the Barclays Churchill Cup in Canada in June 2006, and his first cap followed five months later. He returned to the Scotland A team in the win against their Italian counterparts at Perth in February 2007, and he also played in all three Churchill Cup games in England later that year as well as the victory against Italy A at Mogliano, near Venice, three weeks before his Dublin selection.
He missed out on Rugby World Cup selection, but he was back in the Scotland squad for the December and January preparation for the 2008 RBS Six Nations. In summer 2007 he moved from Edinburgh to join Gloucester, and his performances for the Kingsholm club were recognised when he was named the Guinness Premiership player of the month for December.
Alasdair has also played for his country at under-16, under-18, under-19, and under-21 levels as well as sevens. His age-grade international experiences included wins against England in three successive years – 35-8 at Cardiff in the 2001 Hume Unions’ Under-18 Tournament, 17-10 in Treviso (Italy) the 2002 FIRA/IRB World Junior Championship, and 33-22 at Newbury in the 2003 IRB Under 21 World Championship. His seven-s-side win against England was in a Plate semi-final in the 2005 IRB tournament in Wellington, and he added to his successes in Scotland A’s 13-7 win against England Saxons in the 2006 Barclays Churchill Cup match in Toronto.
Alasdair scored a try in the Scottish Districts’ under-21 team’s 49-14 win against New Zealand Youth at Stirling in November 2003 before going on to add to his international under-21 honours in the second half of the season. He has the distinction of playing in every one of Scotland’s 21 under-21 internationals in 2003 and 2004 – 10 as a lock in 2003 and 11 in the back row including all five of Scotland’s matches on home soil in the world championship in June 2004. Alasdair played for Scotland in five IRB sevens tournaments in 2004-2005 – Wellington, Los Angeles, Hong Kong (the Rugby World Cup Sevens), Singapore and London. In 2006 he returned to sevens duty in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.
He was in Boroughmuir’s 2002-2003 BT Premier 1 league winning side, and later that year he was in the Scotland team who beat England on the last day of the under-21 world championship in England.
He played for East Kilbride before moving to Boroughmuir and then earning a contract with Edinburgh. Alasdair, a former pupil of Claremont High School, East Kilbride, also has an aptitude for karate, having competed in the European and world under-21 championships at the age of 16.
He left Gloucester Rugby at the end of the 2011-2012 season and has enlisted at French Top 14 club, Perpignan.
Strokosch also has an aptitude for karate (earning a black belt), having competed in the European and world under-21 championships at the age of 16.