Get to Know: Nick Haining
An Australian back-row who's already settled into the city. Get to know our latest signing, Nick Haining.
Western Force, Jersey Reds, Bristol Bears
How did you get into rugby?
“I got into rugby through my old fella at about 6 years-old. Rugby union wasn’t as big where I was out in Western Australia, but I was lucky enough that the Western Force started up in Perth and I was able to come through the academy system there. That's where I got my first opportunity and that’s how I got my chance to come over to the UK.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career so far?
“The biggest influence in my career is undoubtedly my dad. He definitely got me into rugby back in the day.”
Where has your career taken you so far?
“I was originally in the Western Force academy in Perth, then I got an opportunity to come to the UK back in 2014 when I signed for the Jersey Reds. I spent three years with them, then signed for Bristol ahead of the 2017/18 season. We had a year in the Championship and then a year in the Premiership – it was a hell of a ride.
What is one fact supporters might not know about you?
“I played for the Western Force against the Lions back in 2009 and my teammate was former Edinburgh player Junior Rasolea.”
What is your hometown like?
“My hometown is a lovely beach-side harbour town called Fremantle in Perth. We have beautiful summers there and pretty cruisy way of life! I’ve actually just got myself a place in Stockbridge in town, me and my girlfriend have really landed on our feet. Apparently it’s the place to be at the moment!”
What have you liked about Edinburgh so far?
“I’ve been up Arthurs Seat already. That was pretty amazing and it had some sweet views of the city. I got caught in the rain on the way back down though and wasn’t dressed for the occasion. I had jeans and t-shirt on and got pretty soaked!
Where are you most looking forward to visiting in Scotland?
“I’m definitely going to try and make the most of being here. We get the weekends off during pre-season, so I’m hoping to head up north and see Loch Ness. Maybe do a bit of climbing as well. We’re thinking of checking out the Isle of Skye as well. We know there are some nice beaches up there, no matter how cold it will be!”