Scott Stewart made his international rugby debut as a 20-year-old against the United States in September of 1989, and over the next 13 years he became a mainstay in the Canadian line-up. Familiar with the Eagles, Scott played against the United States a total of 14 times over the course of his career and compiled a 10-4 win-loss record.
Stewart was a true utility athlete, playing every position in the Canadian backline. Although he began his career at fullback and played many matches at fly-half, Scott also wore the Canadian 11, 12, 13 and 14 jerseys at least once during his playing days.
Scott started his career during the amateur days, but also enjoyed a successful career as a professional player in Europe. He played at Dax (France) from 1991-92, the London Harlequins from 1996-99 and the Bedford Blues from 1999-2001.
Scott’s first Rugby World Cup experience took him to France in 1991 where Canada found itself in the same pool as Fiji, Romania, and the host nation. Scott scored the only try of the match in Canada’s opening round victory over Fiji. Canada followed that up with a 19-11 win over Romania before an inspired effort saw them take France to the end before Les Bleus won 19-13. Their courage and toughness in defeat resulted in the Canadians becoming fan favorites and they were heavily cheered as they took on the New Zealand All Blacks in the quarterfinals. Although they lost 29-13, the Canadians showed that they belonged on the same stage as the world’s best.
Scott went on to represent Canada at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa and again during 1999 in France. Scott also played in the inaugural 7s RWC in Scotland in 1993 and the 1997 7s RWC in Hong Kong.
Scott’s last international match was on June 9, 2001 against England. He finished with 64 caps for his country, playing against all of the top rugby playing nations, including New Zealand (2), England (5), France (4), Australia (3), South Africa (2), Wales (4) and Argentina (4). He scored five tries for his country and had a career total of 84 points, including 17 in Canada’s 27-27 tie against Ireland in 2000. Scott is also one of the few in the world who has played in a total of five World Cups (3 XVs and 2 VIIs).
Scott’s coaching career has seen him involved with the Canada U21 team from 2003-04, the University of Western Ontario from 2003-06, and the UCLA Bruins since 2004.