Alexandria rugby star Duncan Munn has said that his quickfire move into senior rugby has been “a bit mad.”
The 18-year-old former Vale of Leven Academy pupil was drafted in by Super 6 side Boroughmuir Bears following an injury to the Edinburgh club’s Ewan Stewart, making his debut live on TV just days later against the Southern Knights – becoming the first former Loch Lomond player to make it to senior rugby in Scotland.
It marks the latest chapter in Duncan’s career, which started with Loch Lomond Minis when he was just five years old.
After impressing as he moved up through Loch Lomond’s ranks, Duncan has gone on to earn youth caps for Scotland, feature for Glasgow Warriors under-16s and was even rewarded for his commitment to the sport with a scholarship at Kelvinside Academy in Glasgow.
And Duncan told the Lennox that the Boroughmuir move has been a bruising – but enjoyable – first taste of the senior game.
He said: “It all happened quite quickly. It was a bit mad.
“I’d been through training with Boroughmuir at the start of July. My school coach at Kelvinside Academy was a coach at Boroughmuir as well, and he’d said to me that it would be a good opportunity and experience for me.
“I trained with them for a couple of months in pre-season but then left as they started up the competitive season and was with Cartha Queen’s Park, only to get called back in quite quickly.
“It’s been tough. The body is definitely sore after the games. The physicality and intensity of it has made it quite a harsh introduction to senior rugby.
“But it’s been good. I’ve enjoyed it, it’s been a great challenge.
“It’s all a bit crazy. After my first game I had all my friends messaging me, I came home and was able to watch the game back on TV which was mad.”
Duncan’s performances have already caught the eye of Warriors coach Kenny Murray, who last week told the Scotsman: “I thought he stood out against a really good midfield. He’s not played a lot of games but, for me, watching him playing in a tough venue against a tough team I thought for a young guy he showed a lot.”
Despite the praise Duncan and his rugby-mad family, all of whom are involved at Loch Lomond Rugby, are ensuring that his feet stay firmly planted on the ground.
Proud mum Angela said: “We’re very proud of Duncan. We always have been.
“He’s worked so hard to get to this stage.
“The whole thing has been quite surreal.
“For his first game I drove Duncan down to Melrose. We didn’t fully understand that so many people would be watching at home until my phone started buzzing with people telling me things that were happening whilst I was watching in real life.
“The timing of it all and how quickly it happened was unexpected.
“Duncan always keeps his feet on the ground though. We’re not getting carried away by it.
“It’s lovely to read that people have acknowledged how well he’s doing. But equally he’s very aware, and we’re very aware, that there are lots of challenges ahead and lots of hard work that needs to be put in.”
And despite his move into senior rugby, Duncan still helps the next generation of young Loch Lomond players looking to follow in his footsteps alongside his dad, John.
Angela continued: “Luckily with the way training is just now, Duncan is off on a Wednesday night. That means he’s able to go back down and help with the Loch Lomond juniors training, which is obviously exciting for the players there. They can see him then watch him playing on the TV at the weekend.
“It definitely motivates them a bit. Everyone is very proud and very excited for him.”
Meanwhile Duncan admits that he owes his parents, and brothers Gregor and Lewis, for their support.
He added: “My mum and dad have certainly done a lot of miles in the car travelling to places. None of the main rugby places are around here, so they have always had to travel to get me to training and camps.
“They have been amazing. Preparing meals, always being there to chat with after games or to help with decisions and things like that.
“It’s good to have them and my wee brothers to keep me grounded and help me switch off.”
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