Zander Fagerson earned his Scotland debut as a replacement prop in the 2016 RBS 6 Nations against England at BT Murrayfield, making him the 1074th Scotland cap. He scored a first international try at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, where he made three tournament appearances.
Aged just 20, Zander Fagerson became the fourth-youngest prop to play for Scotland in the 2016 Six Nations fixture against England at BT Murrayfield, a game that would represent the embryonic stages of a stellar run that would end in British & Irish Lions recognition in 2021.
He started all three of Scotland’s Autumn Tests that year (2016), his performances earning a starting place in all five Six Nations games the following year, as well as Scotland’s Summer Tour and Autumn Tests. Injury disrupted Zander’s good form, meaning he missed the start of the 2018 Six Nations and after a similar scenario in 2019, Fagerson recovered to feature at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
His excellent showings throughout 2021 led to selection for the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa, where he featured in four matches. Zander is older brother of Scotland back-row Matt and they became the 48th brothers to play for Scotland (the 22nd pair to play in the same Test match) against USA in 2018. Zander reached the 50-cap milestone in the third Test of Scotland’s 2022 Summer Tour to Argentina.
Through the ranks…
A product of the High School of Dundee, Zander represented the school at under-16 and lifted the Brewin Dolphin Plate, before moving to Strathallan on a scholarship.
His impressive rugby credentials were then further enhanced by selection for Caledonia and his country at under-16 and under-18.
He was part of the sides that played Ireland and England in early 2013, starting at tight-head in both matches, and represented Glasgow Hawks in RBS Premiership during the 2013/14 season.
Outside of rugby, Fagerson won the 2010 Scottish Downhill Mountain Bike Championship (2010), was in the National Boys Choir (2008), and is a qualified lifeguard.
His professional club debut came year after signing his first professional contract with Glasgow Warriors, in March 2015, having been aligned to the club through Scottish Rugby’s Elite Development Programme since June 2014.
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Place of birth: Perth