Watson moved north from the Leicester Tigers Academy for a centrally held Scotland 7s contract in the summer of 2011 before being approached to join the club's elite development programme.
He qualifies for Scotland through his Glaswegian granparents, despite growing up in England.
Watson is a welcome addition to the squad, impressing at each outing thanks to quick turn of pace and breathless work-rate to the breakdown to point to a bright future for the youngster.
With Scotland u19, u20 and 7's representation the next move up from Pro 12 was the international stage, he made his test debut in the 6 Nations game against Italy at Murrayfield in 2015.
His first Scotland start came a year later in the 2016 November series against Australia in Edinburgh, he also started the following two Tests against Argentina & Georgia.
His small and stocky frame means he is ferocious at the breakdown, he played in five matches of the 2017 Six Nations & has become a permanent starter for Scotland.
In May 2017, Watson was included in the Scotland summer tour squad for the upcoming three-Test tour.
In November 2017, after a promising start to the season with Edinburgh, Watson started all three November Tests and has won 15 caps to date.
As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Watson has had 18 European Cups appearances scoring 4 tries and 20 points.
Watson was named in Scotland's squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup but was ruled out for the rest of the tournament because of a knee injury suffered in a defeat against Ireland.
He fully recovered to be named in his country's 2020 Six Nations squad and was named Player of the Match in Round 3 against Italy in Rome.
As of June 2020, he has made 107 appearances for Edinburgh and has scored 80 points.
(LS June 29, 2020)
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