Henry Benjamin Pyrgos made his Scotland debut as a second-half substitute for Mike Blair against New Zealand in the first EMC Test of 2012. The same switch was made in the next game against South Africa in which Pyrgos scored his first try for Scotland. He made his first start for Scotland in the third EMC Test of 2012 against Tonga at Pittodrie.
He joined Glasgow Warriors in summer 2010 after taking leave from a chemistry degree at Loughborough University to pursue his rugby ambitions.
Blessed with strong basic skills and a tremendous appetite to learn, Pyrgos cemented his growing reputation within the Warriors fold by being awarded a two-year contract extension that ties him to Glasgow until at least the end of May 2014.
He had a winning start in Scotland’s colours in the 18-17 victory against Wales in the Six Nations Under-20 Championship match at McDiarmid Park, Perth, in February 2009. He went on to play in all 10 of Scotland’s under-20 internationals that year, and made his A team debut in the 25-0 win over USA Eagles in November 2010.
Henry returned to Scotland A duty in their thumping victory over England Saxons earlier this year. He qualifies for Scotland through his mum, who was born in Grangemouth, while his grandparents were born in Dundee.
Previously, Henry had played for Scottish Exiles at under-18, under-19, and under-20 levels and Northampton Saints’ under-18 and under-19 teams.
During a visit to New Zealand he was included in the Wanganui province’s youth squad.
Henry is a former pupil of Bryanston School in Dorset.
Outwith rugby, Pyrgos has played for West of England at hockey (under-15) and Dorset at cricket (under-17).
His father played rugby for Harlequins and Loughborough Students, and his mother represented England at under-21 hockey.