Hometown: Edinburgh, Scotland
Free Jacks Announce Dougie Fife for 2021 Season
We are thrilled to welcome Scotland’s 1053rd capped player, Douglas “Dougie” Fife to the Free Jacks for the 2021 Major League Rugby Season.
Fife is a veteran of two Six Nations Championships, the HSBC World Sevens Circuit, and has amassed 119 caps for Edinburgh Rugby in the Pro14 since 2011. A versatile, 6’2, 94 kg wing who can cover across the back three, Fife established himself in the Edinburgh starting lineup during the 2013-14 Pro14 Season, scoring 5 tries in a 7-game spell, including a highlight-reel try at BT Murrayfield against Gloucester in the Heineken Cup.
In 2014, Fife was named in Scotland’s 36-man squad for the upcoming Six Nations Championship, making his debut against Wales in the final round of the Tournament. Fife scored his first international try a year later, touching down against France at the Stade de France in the opening match of the 2015 Six Nations. In 2018, Fife was included in Scotland’s 2018 tour of the America’s, scoring tries against both Argentina and the United States.
Fife earned his first Scotland 7’s Cap in 2016 and went on to represent his country another 81 times. Fife led Scotland to two London 7’s Cup victories in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. In 2016, Fife was named the London 7’s Player of the Final, scoring twice in the semi-final against the United States and twice more – including the match-winner in extra time – in the Final against South Africa.
Education of a Free Jack:
Dougie attended Firrhill High School and graduated with a Sports Science degree from Telford College.
Dougie was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland and remains home to his mum and dad and new addition to the family, Max the spaniel puppy.
- Dougie began playing rugby because one of his mate’s dad was a coach and he went simply to play for fun. We’ve heard that before. Turns out, the high school Dougie attended didn’t have a rugby team so after classes he would go to another nearby local school to train and play with their teams. Was rather confusing for those who didn’t see him in classes but he was in full kit on the pitch.
- He brings more than agility, power and speed to the pitch — Dougie has an impressive academic background, too. He earned a Higher National Diploma in sports coaching with development in sport at Telford College, Edinburgh, and went on to study at Edinburgh Napier University where he graduated with a degree in Sports Coaching.
- Like many in the rugby community across the world, Dougie has an affinity for coffee and enjoys spending the slightly unfair Scottish rainy days in a coffee shop in search of the perfect flat white.
- Aside from rugby, what else? Dougie enjoys a round of golf – who wouldn’t when you live in the backyard of the world’s most prestigious courses!
- What are the best spots in Boston for Mexican food and house music? He’s a big fan of fajitas and dance music. Surely, there must be something like this ‘round here…
“We just chilled around here – do rugby, coffees, travel when we can,” Dougie on living in Scotland.