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PGG Wrightson Canterbury Country Profile
Scott Higginson has moved on from being known as the son of a former All Black (Graeme). He is in his own right becoming an outstanding talent.
The Glenmark number eight, now 23, made the first Canterbury squad of the season last season and although he played most of his representative rugby for Canterbury B, he showed that he is a player on the rise.
“The Canterbury coaching staff told me that I was not quite there and so it is nice to know that I am at least in the picture,” he says.
Having been in Canterbury since he was 15 (when the family moved down from Hawke’s Bay), Scott’s rugby education continued at Rangiora High School and with the breeding ground of rugby talent in Canterbury that is the Glenmark club.
“We live just down the road and with the family connection it was inevitable that I would play for them,” Scott says. “I played for the seconds when I was 17, had a couple of seasons off when I was playing Polo in America and then have played for the Division 1 side ever since.”
Scott says he very much enjoyed turning out for Glenmark. Sure the club has a proud history, but for him playing with his mates is the real attraction.
There have been, however, frustrations. This season he has had four injuries, while at the moment he is nursing a shoulder. It is frustrating, he admits.
“I played 40 minutes last weekend, while I played 30 minutes the week before. I just want to get out there and play.” Still, he knows that he has to get his body right for the greater challenges ahead this season.
Currently a fencer, he says that the beauty of being a professional rugby is undoubtedly the time it gives players to properly. “It would be useful,” he says deadpan. “Playing professional rugby is one of my goals and I want to do what I can to make that happen.”
That will hopefully be in Canterbury, although in this modern environment that means that it could be overseas. “I would love to play Super 14 rugby and have a crack at that. Yet, who knows? I will review things at the end of the season and see where I am at.”
There is of course plenty of rugby to play this season. For Scott, helping Glenmark defend its Country title is important, while he hopes to force his way in to the Canterbury side later in the season.
“At this stage of the season my goal is to just get on the field and get some regular footy under my belt. These injuries are proving to be very frustrating.”
For Scott and his family recovering from the death of their son and brother, Cole, who died last year, naturally took time. Inevitably the loss had an impact on Scott’s rugby last season. However, it is clear he is determined to make up for lost time and to continue the strong family tradition of rugby excellence.
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