Leamington fitness coach receives retrospective Scotland Rugby international cap
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Tim Exeter, of Megabox Fitness, joined former teammates and opponents as a VIP guest for Scotland’s match against France at Murrayfield in the 2024 Six Nations tournament over the weekend where he and several others received the honour.
He received the cap for representing Scotland XV in a match in which they beat a France XV 15- 12 at Netherdale on September 26 1987.
Tim said: “We beat a team that contained ten of the Rugby World Cup Final losing team to the All Blacks in the summer.
“The rest all got capped in the six Nations that followed.
“I had a year or so of illness and injury at the wrong time so missed a fair bit, then got back into the full squad and was training at Murrayfield in November 1989 - the week before I suffered a fractured neck injury playing for London Scottish.
"This was the squad that went on to beat the English for the Calcutta Cup and Grand Slam in 1990.”
Since 1991, Tim has worked as physical performance coach in professional sport, developing and and coaching a number of World Class athletes.
Speaking after the Six Nations match on Saturday, which Scotland lost controversially 16-20 to France, Tim said: “What a weekend - apart from the result - meeting up for an emotional reunion with old team mates and opponents as we officially become recognised as International players for Scotland.
"Receiving our International number, honours cap and a place on the roll of honour.
"I became the third Scot from Eltham College to be capped and numbered along with number 388 Leslie Gracie and number 404 Eric Liddell of Chariots of Fire fame.
"Scotland’s team did an incredible job to put this together.
"On top of that I unexpectedly ran into some players I’ve worked with including Joe Ansbro and current French fitness coach Nico Jean.
"This just confirms what a fantastic sport rugby is for lifelong memories and friends.”