A former Aboyne Academy pupil was called up for Scotland’s Rugby League pro squad for an international against Ireland in Glasgow last Sunday.
Nicholas Broere, 26, who now lives and works in Edinburgh, only started playing rugby when he went to university eight years ago.
Having been a keen footballer during his teens in Deeside he signed up to the Napier University Rugby Club during his first week at university.
He quickly settled into the team, which was the only university rugby league team in Scotland at the time, competing against a good standard from the north of England universities.
This led to Nicholas being selected for the Scotland student team who subsequently took part in the 2008 Student World Cup in Australia.
Nicholas developed his game and was subsequently selected to appear for Scotland at amateur level where he then quickly established himself as their first choice full back.
Nicholas was a vital part in the team which last year became the first Scottish team to win the annual Four Nations championship beating England, Ireland and Wales on the way.
Now playing his club rugby for Edinburgh Eagles, although still at amateur level, he has continued his development and this has now been recognised with a call up at full professional squad level in what is mainly a development year for the Scotland national squad, in preparation for competitive action next year.