Edinburgh Rugby wing Damien Hoyland was rewarded for his fine performances on the international sevens circuit with his first senior Scotland selection as part of the extended Rugby World Cup 2015 squad.
The former Boroughmuir and Melrose player was called up to the Scotland 7s squad for the Bucharest 7s, part of the Rugby Europe GP Sevens Series in September 2014, before travelling with the squad to the opening leg of the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series on the Gold Coast, Australia.
He then was involved in the next two legs of the circuit that year, in Dubai and South Africa. The latter of which he scored his first World Series points, with tries against Canada, Fiji, Argentina and USA.
In February 2015, he was named in the Wellington 7s World Rugby dream team, after scoring seven tries, which made him the events top try scorer, before getting the call from Scotland Head Coach Vern Cotter.
Hoyland then made his full international debut as a replacement in the summer Test win over Italy in Torino (16-12) but had to wait a full year for his second cap and first start, in the opening 2016 summer Test win over Japan in Toyota (26-13).
It was another year until Hoyland was to feature for Scotland – again on the summer tour – where he scored his first try for his country in the series opener against Italy in Singapore.
Born and raised in the capital, the former James Gillespie’s High School pupil is considered one of the top Scottish prospects to have come through the region’s player pathway while playing for former club, Boroughmuir and attending the rugby performance course at Telford College.
Date of birth: 11/01/1994
Scotland Debut: 22/08/2015
Place of birth: Edinburgh
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