Tommy Seymour made his Scotland debut against South Africa in quadrangular tournament of 2014, before featuring against Italy – in the same tournament – the following weekend.
Seymour has enjoyed a fine start to his international rugby career at BT Murrayfield, scoring two tries in Scotland’s opening 2013 viagogo Autumn Test 42-17 success against Japan.
His first try in the RBS 6 Nations Championship (and third overall) came in Scotland’s agonising 17-19 loss to France at BT Murrayfield in March 2014.
His fourth try for Scotland then came in the opening match of the 2014/15 season as Argentina were put to the sword 41-31.
He followed that a a week later with another, increasingly familiar, wonder interception try against New Zealand, and scored again when he collected a crossfield kick from Finn Russell against Tonga a week later, to complete the series with a third try in three Autumn Tests.
He then featured – as the starting winger – in four of Scotland’s five 2015 RBS 6 Nations games, before recapturing his try-scoring verve in the Summer Tests and Rugby World Cup 2015.
Seymour scored in five consecutive Test matches to see out the year (v France, Japan, South Africa, Samoa, Australia); equalling the efforts of Johnnie Wallace, Gregor Townsend and Martin Leslie, and one behind the record of six consecutive Scotland tries held by Alex Purvis scored between 1906 and 1908.
Tries against Wales and Italy in an 2016 RBS 6 Nations championship, in which he started every match, ensured Seymour kept his impressive, near 50% scoring rate in tact.
Seymour boasts a rich and varied backstory, having been born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee before moving to Northern Ireland via a spell in Dubai, where his father was based for work.
He made the short hop across the Irish sea from PRO12 side Ulster to become a summer signing at Glasgow Warriors in advance of season 2011/12.
A pleasing aspect to Seymour’s eclectic heritage is that he’s Scottish qualified, his mother, Sue, being a born and bred Glaswegian. He was one of nine uncapped players named in Scotland’s 2013 summer tour squad to South Africa and made his debut against the host nation in Nelspruit.
A tenth uncapped player eventually was blooded on the tour.