A whirlwind few months for Eyemouth’s Tom Wilson has seen him plying his trade in the sevens game from the Borders to Wales and Twickenham.
The 21-year-old scrum half, who plays for Melrose, graduated to representing the Scottish Thistles in the GB7s tournament after a stellar performance in the Borders’ Kings of the Sevens tournament.
Melrose were crowned kings after winning eight out of the ten competitions, and accrued a record points haul in doing so. Tom was named Player of the Tournament no fewer than three times - at Langholm, Selklirk and Kelso.
That led to Tom, who has represented Caledonia at U16, U17 and U18 levels, being asked to train with Newcastle Falcons ahead of their involvement in the J P Morgan Premiership Rugby Sevens.
“I got a call, I think on the Thursday night,” remembers Tom, “it was about two days before the tournament, and they asked if I would be the twelfth man in the twelve-man squad, so I ended up down in Darlington playing or them in the second group stage.”
He has also gone even further afield, putting his skills to good use for the Scottish Thistles in the Great Britain Sevens tournament, playing in Edinburgh and Wales.
Tom says he has no plans to specialise in the sevens game yet. “I will still try and play both forms of the game this season,” he said. “If it ever got to playing at international level, then that’s something that I would have to think about.
“But right now I’m just concentrating on facing Selkirk this weekend in the Border League.”