Ugo Monye backs Cameron Redpath to boost Scotland

Chris Evans

Cameron Redpath opting to play for Scotland over England has been described as “really significant”, according to former British & Irish Lions wing Ugo Monye.

Redpath, who had been eligible to represent England, had previously been selected for both nations without winning a cap.

The young centre’s form highlighted exactly why Bath were willing to pay a six figure transfer fee in order to sign him from Sale in early 2020. Monye admits that Scotland have got themselves a star in the making.

“I think he’s a phenomenal player. Fair play to Scotland, he’ll add so much,” Monye said when speaking to BBC Sport.

“Fair play to Cameron Redpath, following in the footsteps of his dad. But as an Englishman, I’d have loved to have seen him in a squad.”

Although Redpath’s talent is undeniable his route to the starting 12 jersey in the England set up is somewhat blocked. Owen Farrell is seemingly locked into the role ahead of the Six Nations and England boss Eddie Jones has significant depth behind the Saracens man.

Deciding factor

Monye accepts this could have been the deciding factor.

“I don’t know whether Eddie Jones spoke to him, and mapped out what he’s looking for in his centres. If you look at the two 12s you’ve got Owen Farrell and Henry Slade who can play there, so there may not have been enough room for him in the squad,” Monye said.

Monye isn’t alone with his glowing assessment of the Bath inside centre, Harlequins and England scrum-half Danny Care has since described Redpath as a “serious player”. 

“He’s one of those guys you can see that once he gets his foot in the door in a 12 shirt internationally, it’s going to be very hard to get it off him,” Care said when speaking on the BBC’s Rugby Union Weekly podcast.

“I think with him, James Lang and Duncan Taylor, that’s a great three battling it out for two positions.”