Rory Sutherland | Rugby for Life
To kick-off our Rugby for Life launch - we sat down with Scotland international prop, Rory Sutherland, who discussed his rise in rugby, the pressures of the game and the trials and tribulations of returning from long-term injury.
Having come through the ranks at Hawick RFC, Sutherland’s rapid rise to the top has seen the loose-head prop represent Scotland on the international stage as well as make over 50 appearances for the club.
In this first episode, Sutherland discusses breaking into the Edinburgh starting XV before suffering a season-ending groin injury that kept him bed-ridden for over a month. Sutherland chats about the mental and physical challenges this created, as well as the support he received during one of the toughest periods of his career, as well the toll that his rehab took on the prop and his family as he looked to get back to full fitness.
In part two of Rory Sutherland's Rugby for Life interview, the prop discusses breaking into the professional environment and the transition from playing back-row in the amateur game, to starting at loosehead prop in an Edinburgh side under then-Head Coach Alan Solomans.
As Sutheland's career progressed, so did his level of competition and the prop was soon called into the Scotland set-up where he made his internatinal debut in the Six Nations encounter against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in front over 80,000 spectators.