Bath youngster Tom Heathcote gets Scotland call for Tonga international
Bath youngster Tom Heathcote has decided his international future lies with Scotland.
The 20-year-old, who played for England in the IRB Junior World Championship in the summer, has been under the watchful eye of former Bath legend and Scotland head coach Andy Robinson for some time.
Now Robinson has called the fly-half into the Scotland squad ahead of the EMC Test against Tonga on Saturday.
Heathcote, who was born in Inverness, said: “I am delighted to be called up to the Scotland squad. I’ve always known I was eligible to play for Scotland and I’m grateful to be given this opportunity.”
Robinson, who played for and coached Bath during a glittering career, said: “Tom has worked his way into the Bath first-team squad from the academy and we’ve been monitoring his progress for the last couple of years.”
Heathcote was recently short-listed for the 2013 LV= Breakthrough Player Award in England.
He was called up by Scotland after stand-off Ruaridh Jackson was one of five players released from the squad by Robinson following the 21-10 defeat by South Africa.
Heathcote joined the Scotland squad last night and the team for the Tonga game will be announced today.
Bath first-team coach Mike Ford said: “This is fantastic news for Tom and the club.
“His form last season and what we’ve seen this season has been very mature for his age and he has impressed a lot of people with his attitude and skill level – we are delighted for him.”