Google can take an assist for Aberdeen Grammar’s latest signing Jasper Mowatt.
Upon moving to the Granite City to take a job with Schlumberger, Mowatt was on the lookout for new friends and saw rugby as the perfect social sport.
Having played extensively since his youth, Mowatt was no stranger to rugby but came fresh from holiday in the far east and a year out of the game to starting his Grammar career.
He has lived in Aberdeen for less than three weeks but has already scored for both Grammar seconds and firsts. However, it may not have happened if it were not for the popular search engine.
The hooker said: “Moving up here, I didn’t know anyone and thought rugby would be the best way to get to know people. At first it was a big shock – I’d been on holiday in Vietnam, the Phillipines and was used to 35-degree heat and 10 hours of daylight. Now it’s around five degrees with what feels like no daylight!
“I wanted to find a club in Aberdeen and after a quick Google, Grammar came up as the best choice. I wanted to have a team with a good social side and a good standard of rugby to play. I’d had about a year out of the game and it was nice to come back and find a team that’s welcoming of any ability.”
Mowatt hails from Dorset and played rugby while at university in Manchester. He scored on his debut for the seconds against Lossiemouth on November 12 and on his home debut for the firsts at Rubislaw a week ago, he crossed again in a 31-14 win over Stewart’s Melville.
He added: “It was a team try last week; I was in the right place at the right time and Doug (Russell) popped it to me. I can’t really take too much credit. It’s been a really good start and I’m looking forward to sticking around and helping the team achieve its goals.”
Grammar face Musselburgh on home soil in National 1 tomorrow with Mowatt in the frame to start again. His job may take him off-shore after January but he is happy to contribute where he can.
Mowatt added: “At the moment I’m still going through training but come new year, this may be different. But it’s quite nice to be in a position to help the firsts and seconds.”