Sean Fergus Lamont is one of two male cap centurions (the other being Chris Paterson) and the second-most capped internationalist; surpassing Scott Murray in the all-time list when he played against Canada in Toronto in June 2014.
Lamont makred his 100th appearance as a replacement in the decisive Rugby World 2015 win over Samoa in Newcastle – against whom he, coincidentally, made his 2004 debut (in Wellington, New Zealand) and his 50th appearance (in Aberdeen).
Lamont’s place in the 31-man squad for the RWC marked his third tournament in a row, having been named in the 2007 and 2011 tournaments in France and New Zealand in a career that has spanned over a decade.
Following that 2004 debut, Lamont went on to start in the two subsequent Tests against Australia. Earlier in the tour he scored Scotland’s only try in the match against the Super 12 Queensland Reds.
In November that year he returned to make a try-scoring home debut against Australia in the 2004 Autumn Tests, and a week later he crossed the line again in helping Scotland to a century against Japan in Perth, before facing Australia once again in Glasgow.
Lamont was named man of the match in the Six Nations match against Italy in 2005 for his hard-hitting display in both attack and defence, and in the final match of that tournament he registered a try against England at Twickenham.
He was on try-scoring form as he crossed the line twice in Scotland’s win over France at Murrayfield in the opening match of the 2006 RBS 6 Nations, and in the corresponding match in Paris a year later, his thirtieth international, he scored his seventh try with a typically powerful run.
Sean was named The Famous Grouse Scotland Player of the Season in 2007, the first out-and-out wing to win the prize in the award’s 11 seasons at that point. He went on to play in four of Scotland’s five matches in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, but a knee injury while he was playing for Northampton in November 2007 ruled him out of the 2008 RBS 6 Nations Championship.
He also had a try-scoring debut for Scotland A in the RDS Dublin match against the Irish in February 2009 – after he had won 36 caps. Later that month he also played in the drawn A international against Italy in Perth as he battled back into Scotland contention.
Another try-scoring debut followed when he was called into the Scotland squad as a replacement for the injured Thom Evans for the IRB Sevens World Series tournament at Murrayfield in May 2009.
That try helped Scotland to a 33-17 win against England (winners of the previous weekend’s IRB tournament at Twickenham), and he had two more in the semi-final against South Africa. Those tries, however, could not prevent the Scots going down to an extra-time defeat by the South Africans, winners of the 2008/09 series.
Some 14 appearances followed for Lamont until his next score which came, again, against France on what was his first replacement appearance for Scotland after 51 caps.
He the became the eighth Scot to reach the milestone of 75 or more caps when he appeared in the 2013 RBS 6 Nations Championship game against Wales at Murrayfield, before adding to his try taly in Scotland’s 42-17 victory over Japan in the first match of the 2013 Autumn Tests – his fourth try of the year for the national team – before taking over as on-field captain during the second-half of Scotland’s 0-28 loss to South Africa.
Lamont remained a near ever-present for the following two years before earning his place in a third RWC.
Sean, who, like brother Rory, is a former pupil of King Edward VII School in Melton Mowbray, joined Glasgow from Rotherham in the summer of 2003 before moving to Northampton Saints in 2005 and then Scarlets in 2009.
He played in Scotland’s sevens team in the 2002 Commonwealth Games at Manchester.
His other representative honours included Leicestershire Colts (while he was at Sheffield Hallam University) and Scottish Exiles. He joined Rotherham in 2000 and was the club’s under-21 captain in 2001.