Matthew Clive McCrimmon Scott won his first cap for Scotland as an injury replacement for Lee Jones, his then 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, finishing the year with a further appearance against Japan at BT Murrayfield, in the first of three Autumn Tests (injury curtailing his involvement thereafter).
Scott then featured in each of the five 2014 RBS 6 Nations matches – starting all but one game – and, while injury again put paid to his autumnal involvement, he returned to featuring in all but on of the 6NC matches the following year.
Scott was then one of the few players to feature in all four of the national team’s Summer Test matches in the lead in to the Rugby World Cup 2015 – breaking free to set up the winning score for scrum-half Henry Pyrgos in the away win over Italy in Turin.
As one of the 31 players selected to represent Scotland in the Rugby World Cup 2015, Scott started three of his four appearances from the five available Test matches, scoring on his only replacement appearance, against USA at Elland Road, before injury ruled him out of the quarter-final against Autstralia.
Coming through the ranks with Edinburgh side Currie, Scott represented Edinburgh’s district under-17 and under-18 teams, as well as Scotland 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 he 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.
Scott joined Edinburgh Rugby as an elite development player in the summer of 2011 having impressed in the 2010/11 season as an 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.
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 the following month).