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Scottish Rugby Star Has Eye Ball Thanks To Cumbernauld

Friday, 20 January 2012

Upcoming rugby ace Duncan Weir believes he is ready for the challenge of playing for Scotland on the world stage, thanks to the education he received at Cumbernauld College.

The 20-year-old fly-half is in line to win his first Scotland cap after being picked as part of the national squad in the upcoming 6 Nations competition.

Duncan said: "I was chuffed to bits to be picked. I have had the opportunity to play in a lot of big games this year and managed to keep doing well. I am looking forward to getting into the Scotland camp, introducing myself to the members of the team I have yet to meet and hopefully I can make a good impression on the pitch."

And, Duncan, who recently gained an HND in Sports Coaching at Cumbernauld College's Sports Performance campus, based at Broadwood Stadium, says the college helped put him on the path to rugby stardom.

Duncan had a difficult first year at the college after an injury saw him side-lined from the sport for 12 months. However, he turned the experience into a positive by putting all his energy into his course. 

He said: "I had such a big interest in sport and to find out all about the biomechanics of the body was quite interesting.

"My first year I had a serious knee injury and I went for the whole year just getting back to fitness even though I was desperate to play every week. But I couldn't and the college really helped me during that time.

"I had the opportunity to learn about my injury and how important it was to allow my knee to heal properly before I got back into playing.

"I loved my time at Cumbernauld College and I was working my lecturer Jamie Dempsey who I knew from the Glasgow Hawks. He was brilliant for my rugby practice - if I wanted to work on something at lunchtime Jamie was always helpful and took time out for me.

"I also learned all about sports coaching and how to communicate with a team. This has helped me to appreciate how important it is to listen and understand what my coaches are telling me. "

Duncan, who lives in Bearsden, was raised in Cambuslang and has loved the game from a young age.

He said: "When I was in primary two I went to the dentist and saw a rugby flyer. So I went along and really enjoyed it. I played both rugby and football but when I was 15 I decided to focus on rugby."

Duncan has played with Cambuslang RFC and Glasgow Hawks and is now in his second season with Glasgow Warriors.

Jamie Dempsey, Sports Coaching lecturer at Cumbernauld College, said: "Duncan is a great young sportsman who I am sure has a long career ahead of him. The college has been keeping track of his progress and it was only a matter of time before he was called up to the national team - a fantastic achievement.

"Duncan thoroughly deserves this opportunity and we will be watching the 6 Nations to see how he gets on."



Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Cumbernauld College.


Notes to editors:

1.   Based in North Lanarkshire Cumbernauld College offers a range of courses from introductory courses and NQs (National Qualifications) through to Degree level study.

2.   Cumbernauld College has campuses in Cumbernauld, East Dunbartonshire and Broadwood (Sports Performance).

3.   Cumbernauld College became the first organisation in North Lanarkshire to achieve the Investors in People Gold Award (2010).