Matthew Clive McCrimmon Scott won his first cap for Scotland as an injury replacement for Lee Jones, his Edinburgh clubmate, in the 2012 RBS 6 Nations Championship match against Ireland in Dublin.
He made his first start, as centre, in the historic 9-6 victory over Australia in New South Wales in June 2012 and continued as first choice for the other wins over Fiji and Samoa. His first try for Scotland came in the 34-10 RBS 6 Nations Championship victory over Italy in February 2013, his first home 6NC match. Scott concluded the 2013 campaign with two more tries - against South Africa and Italy - in the quadrangular tournament in South Africa.
Scott joined Edinburgh Rugby as an elite development player in the summer of 2011 having impressed in the 2010/11 season as a Scotland age-grade internationalist and with his part in Currie rugby club’s recent rise to prominence, domestically in Premier 1 and the British & Irish Cup.
Since then he has become a familiar feature for the club, combining his upbringing as a stand-off and 15-stone frame to great effect as a play-making centre with an eye for the try line, scoring against RaboDirect PRO12 champions Munster and Heineken Cup champions Leinster at Murrayfield.
Having become a regular feature in the Edinburgh Rugby midfield, Scott penned a two-year contract extension in January 2012, one month before making a try-scoring debut for Scotland A in the 35-0 win over England Saxons at Netherdale and earning his first full Scotland cap in the RBS 6 Nations the following month (against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium).
Before going pro, Scott represented Scotland at under-19 and under-20 in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
He made his age-grade international debut in the 55-13 success against Italy at Lasswade, Edinburgh, in March 2009, followed by the Dourdan match against France a month later. In 2010 Matthew was recalled to the representative set-up for Scotland’s U20 6 Nations, playing in all but one match, featuring as a replacement in each of the four 6NC matches before playing in a further five Junior world Championship matches in Argentina.
Before that he played for Edinburgh’s district intestate under-17 and under-18 teams.
Matt Scott was deputy head boy at Currie High School and has graduated in law from Edinburgh University.