NAVY RUGBY CAPTAIN SIGNS FOR ALBION
Scott Makepeace brings a wealth of experience with him when he joins Plymouth Albion, including a stint as Captain of the Royal Navy’s Under 23s side.
Scott didn’t really start playing rugby until his teens as football was the favourite sport at his school.
His best friend’s dad was coach at Nuneaton and that’s where the young Scott started his rugby career, graduating to playing for both Warwickshire and the Midlands Under 16s sides. When he joined the Navy, he didn’t even think about the prospect of continuing to play rugby.
“I’d never even really thought of playing any Army/Navy games. I didn’t even know about the Navy set-up. I ended up Captain of the Under 23s and being called up for the senior team.”
Scott, who did initial training at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, carried on his work as an aircraft engineering technician at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset where he services Merlin Mk 3 helicopters for 845 Naval Air Squadron.
“They have all been really supportive of my rugby and it’s great to now have the chance to play with good players at Albion and at this level,” says Scott, 23. “I was lucky that my old coach at Nuneaton, Huw Thomas, put in a call to Ben Gulliver who is now the Head Coach at Albion. I’m really excited to get the chance to learn from the other players.
“I’ll still be able to turn out for the Navy as they play their games on a Wednesday. A lot of the Navy players have clubs outside, so it works out well for us.”
Scott plays in the second row, where at 6ft 7in he often towers over the other players. “I like to think I’m hard-working and I’m quite a physical player. I’ve been quite lucky. I’ve only really had eight weeks out of the game through injury, earlier this year.
“Playing for Albion is a great opportunity and I consider myself very fortunate,” he says.