Nimmo hopes to shine for Scots’ Club squad

Russel Nimmo (right) and his brother Max in action for Heriots against Currie.
Russel Nimmo (right) and his brother Max in action for Heriots against Currie.

Former Duns player Russell Nimmo has been called up to the Scotland Club XV squad by head coach Phil Leck for their upcoming matches against Ireland and France.

The 23-year-old, who currently plays for Heriot’s in the RBS Championship, has been named in a 26-man squad, but will not know until this weekend whether or not he has been selected for the match-day team against the Irish.

Nimmo learned his rugby in his early days with Duns Minis and at Longridge Towers School near Berwick, where he was a pupil.

He later went on to play for the Duns’ senior club before moving to university and finally to Edinburgh to join Heriots.

“I am working as a surveyor in Edinburgh and my employers are very supportive of me when it comes to my rugby,” he said.

“I like living up here and it’s an added bonus to have my elder brother, Max, playing in the same team as me.

“Max is 26 and we have come through the ranks together at Duns and Longridge.

“I play second row, he plays either on the wing or as a No 10.

“Hopefully when we play we are on the same wave-length.

“I know that since I joined Heriots my game has come on a lot. The coaches are very good and as a team we have made quite a bit of progress this year.

“We have gone from being a middle of the table side to title contenders, although a couple of defeats recently have dented our chances.

“We are still in the Cup, however, and we are due to play Melrose shortly in what will be a season defining game for us.”

Nimmo said that his selection for the Club Squad came as a total surprise, but he is only hoping now he gets the chance to prove himself at this level.

Heriot’s head coach Phil Smith said: “Russell joined us at the start of last season and has continued to improve throughout his time here so when he received the call-up I thought it was thoroughly deserved and it reflects the progression he’s shown.

“A Club XV call-up is the pinnacle for a club player and from here he can go on to become a professional for Glasgow or Edinburgh or stay as a club professional.”