Get to know: Patrick Harrison
Get to know Academy hooker Patrick Harrison after the 19-year-old enjoyed a breakout 2020-21 season in the Scottish capital.
You grew up in West Linton, what were your first memories of rugby there?
I first started playing rugby with West Linton Lions which are really great memories.
I can always remember hating not being able to do full contact at a young age and I was often out in the fields with my brothers passing and kicking balls through some homemade posts made out of trees!
You came through the ranks at Peebles. Tell us about rugby in the Borders, your development, highlights of your time there and what you perhaps learned about yourself as a player?
Coming through the age grades at Peebles was great fun while at school and when I came back for the last year of colts, I loved the coaches and the boys I was playing with.
It was a good laugh being involved with that group of players, and then making the step up to senior team for a few months was awesome too – that’s when I really got stuck in to playing in the front row.
Who has had the biggest impact on your career so far, and what is the best piece of advice you’ve been given in rugby and why?
My Peebles U18 coaches Njord and Tyrone made that period of rugby really fun for me personally.
The best piece of advice I’ve been given in my career so far is probably from Cockers when he told me to never lose my aggression.
Tell us a little bit about yourself as a player – what should supporters expect when Paddy Harrison walks on the field?
I really like getting stuck in defensively and I enjoy having the ball in my hands going forward in attack.
You joined the club’s academy/ training with the senior squad during a pandemic. How have you found settling in this season, in a year that’s been really tough for everyone?
I’ve found settling in fairly easy from the start. All the players were really friendly from the first time I met them last season, which has made the transition in to the academy really straightforward.
How have you found that experience learning from the likes of Stuart McInally and Dave Cherry in the club’s hooker department – how helpful have they been?
All the hookers, Rambo, Chez and Mike Willemse - when he was still here - have all been great and learning from them has been huge.
They are always keen to help and have good craic in the hookers group which is awesome. Stevie Lawrie has also helped a lot with my throwing and game side of things.
You made your debut (becoming the youngest ever debutant) against Dragons – how did you find that experience and how nervous were you going into the game?
The experience is one I definitely won’t forgot. it was absolutely class! I was very nervous from the moment I found out that I was in the team, but the players on game day, and Al Stroker letting me have apple crumble the night before, made it much easier!
What was the reaction like to making your debut for your hometown club – was your phone blowing up post-match?
It was an amazing feeling post-match. I was getting a lot of nice messages from a lot of different people, but my older brothers still gave me a wind up for missing my first couple of lineout balls…
What is your personal ambition heading in to next season?
I want to get another chance to play for Edinburgh, while playing in front of some crowds would be great! Then obviously want to do well representing Scotland U20 over the summer.
Favourite TV show: Gold Rush or Top Gear
Funniest teammate: Luke Crosbie
Favourite other sport: Boxing… the training is really good for fitness!
Go to meal: BBQ or lasagne