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Stuart McInally

Rugby

Fact File

Date of birth

9 August 1990

Sport

Rugby

Club

Edinburgh Rugby

Discipline

Hooker

Biography

Stuart McInally made the decision in the summer of 2013 to make the switch from back-row to hooker, a move which has been vindicated by several international appearances and - latterly - captaining the national team.

As a loose forward, McInally represented and captained every Scotland age-grade side, played for Scotland A, toured with Scotland overseas and had been an unused match-day replacement for the national team, however his positional switch has proved inspired.

He won his first cap for Scotland in the 2015 summer series and was named in Scotland's squad for Rugby World Cup 2015, though injury prevented him from takin part.

McInally went on to make his Six Nations debut in the 2016 RBS 6 Nations and went on to feature in every game. He missed out on the championship the following year but was back in the squad for Scotland's 2017 Autumn Tests, where he started in all three matches. 

In the following year's Six Nations, Stuart was rewarded with a starting place in for four out of five Tests. 

He was then named captain of the 2018 summer tour and, while injury prevented him featuring in the first two Tests, he gave an incredible  performance in the final win over Argentina. 

Off the pitch, Stuart has completed his pilots licence and regularly works with Red Sky's performance coaching team disucussing the importance of balance , diversity and the importance of having outside interests when it comes to your career.  

Achievements

2018
Scotland Team Captain Summer Tour
2017
Scotland Team
2016
Scotland Rugby Team Member, Edinburgh Rugby co-captain
2015
1st cap for Scotland
2012
Scotland A
2010
Scotland 7's
“Listening to Stuart’s journey and hearing him talk passionately about starting over and his determination to reach his goals was fascinating – lessons for us all, whatever our area of work”
Ryan Mackie
Homeless World Cup