23 Feb Fan Q&A | Zander Fagerson
During the RBS 6 Nations, fans can ask a Scotland player questions on Facebook. The best questions will be put to the player and answers published on thescotlandteam.com and the match-day programme. If you’re on Facebook, make sure you like the Scottish Rugby Facebook page and keep an eye out for the Q&A to get involved.
What has been your best moment on or off the pitch since being in the squad?
I’d have to say getting my first cap at BT Murrayfield was immense especially against England. The result didn’t go our way but it was an amazing atmosphere and experience. To get my cap with my family out there was pretty special.
How do you feel you’ve progressed as a player?
I feel like I’ve come on but nowhere near the finished article. Bits of my game are getting better. I think the scrum is an ongoing thing, as a prop you’ve never really cracked it.
How do you find the intensity level from club to test rugby?
It’s a big step up physicality wise and the speed of the game but in saying that the Challenge Cup has been really high intensity. It was a massive step up for my first Scotland game in last year’s RBS 6 Nations.
Can you tell us about the dietary requirements of a prop? What’s your favourite fast food?
I’ve got to watch my calories and carbs especially. I’m a big guy, I can put away a lot but it’s not good for my body. If I’m not training I try and keep to low, healthy fats and protein. Training days I top up with carbs but not much and the day before a game I have loads of carbs to make sure I’m ready. And fast food … Five Guys is my go to.
Who’s the worst roommate you’ve had on your travels so far and why?
I’ve had good roommates so far with Scotland. The worst one was former Glasgow Warriors and Fiji prop, Jerry Yanuyanutawa. He loved a yarn and snored like a trooper so you had to get to sleep first.
If you could be any other rugby player currently in the RBS 6 Nations who would you be and why?
Hoggy – it would be nice to be fast.
Who is the best prop or front-row you’ve played against with Glasgow and Scotland?
England’s Mako Vunipola. Last year when I came up against him I was inexperienced at that level. I did well once or twice and the other one he got me.
What’s the most dominant feeling pre-match?
I love game day. The nerves are pretty bad, I sometimes struggle to eat, you wouldn’t believe it, before a game. But as soon as I get to the stadium everything goes and I’m ready to go.
What was the most inspiring thing a coach has said to you?
My school coach Andy Henderson at Strathallan was great, he always kept me positive and on the straight and narrow. My grandfather, before he passed away told me, ‘don’t let anyone ever tell you can’t do something’. He was a massive role model for me, one of my heroes. It doesn’t matter what people say, keep your head down, work hard and you’ll reap the rewards.