Horne dreaming of a quarter final place

Peter Horne
Peter Horne

As a youngster playing on the rugby fields around north east Fife, only in his imagination did Peter Horne reckon he’d go on to play at the grandest stage of them all.

But it’s a dream the former Bell Baxter pupil and Howe of Fife player is living as part of the current Scottish World Cup squad.

Horne and his team mates have made an impressive start to their campaign, racking up two wins and a defeat ahead of the forthcoming pivotal match with Samoa.

And it’s been quite a journey for the Kirkcaldy-born lad who has played his part in the previous ties against Japan, USA and South Africa.

“I have been dreaming of this since I was younger,” admitted the centre.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and used to watch every World Cup game as a massive fan with my dad and little brother.

“To be at the World Cup now and taking part is absolutely brilliant, but it will only feel special if we go out and get a good result against Samoa and then get into the quarter finals.

“It’s brilliant to be a part of but we’ve got to make sure we get the job done.”

Horne made his international debut off the bench against Samoa in the opening match of the quadrangular tournament in South Africa in June 2013.

Scotland will qualify for the quarter-finals if they beat the Pacific Islanders on Saturday or if Japan fail to beat USA the following day, provided that it is not a bonus-point draw.

He may be mixing it with sporting elite at the World Cup in England and Wales - but Horne hasn’t forgotten where it all began.

Growing up, he learned the sport while a pupil at Bell Baxter before going on to represent Howe of Fife.

He quickly attracted interest from national selectors and has represented Scotland at various levels - but none more prestigious than the current World Cup squad.

Victory over Samoa on Saturday, where Horne starts as a replacement, will secure a place in the quarter finals.

Being on the verge of that achievement has allowed the Glasgow Warrior to look back on where it all began and those who helped him get to where he is.

“I really owe the Howe of Fife absolutely loads,” he said.

“The work they do with their youngsters is brilliant.

“Whenever I’m home, if I go down on a Sunday morning, the place is mobbed.

“It’s a real family orientated, good old fashioned club.

“My old man and John Lathangie were my coaches when I was younger and helped us on, while my good mate’s dad Sammy Wilson took us for weights.

“Those three guys have had a massive impact on my career so far.”

The support he’s had from friends and rugby fans across north east Fife has been humbling.

“My phone and Twitter were going mad when I made the squad,” he said.

“I have a big What’s App group with my friends from back home so they make sure that if I get boomed by Ngwenya from the USA for example I get the mick taken out of me for that.

“The support has been fantastic.”

Qualification is in Scotland’s hands at the weekend, and Horne is determined not to let it slip.

“They’re a big physical side with great individual players,” he said of Samoa.

“But we’re optimistic about getting a result.”