Ruaridh McConnochie will bid to guide England to the grandest prize in sevens in 2018 before he brings his significant skills to the world of Premiership Rugby in the 2018-19 season.
A silver Olympic medallist with Great Britain at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the former Nuneaton player has signed for Bath Rugby and has a wealth of sevens experience behind him as he tackles the professional 15-a-side game.
Before that though, in July 2018, he was part of the England side heading to San Francisco for the Rugby Sevens World Cup.
Taking up the game at the age of seven with London Scottish, Ruaridh captained his sevens side at Cranbrook School and went on to represent England at student and county level.
He was part of the Great Britain Students side that won the sixth World University Sevens Championship in São José dos Campos, Brazil, in August 2014.
He also helped cut his teeth at Nuneaton, where he played from 2012 to 2014, as well as Hartpury College.
Ruaridh broadened his horizons by playing for Rangataua Rugby in New Zealand when he was a gap year student where he played as a wing until he was 18 before switching to full back.
His England Sevens debut arrived in Dubai in December 2015 and he scored a debut try against Kenya.
A regular try-scorer in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, a year later, Ruaridh played an integral role in England’s gold medal triumph in Cape Town in December 2016.
He scored a last-gasp try against Scotland to clinch a place in the semi-finals and was then named as the HSBC Player of the Final after his side beat the hosts 19-17.
He also touched down in the 14-12 quarter-final win over New Zealand in Vancouver in March 2017 on the way to England’s gold medal success.
Last updated: 10 July 2018