NORTH Berwick rugby ace Lewis Carmichael said he was “extremely honoured” after scoring a try on his Scotland debut in the win over Canada at the weekend.

Carmichael, a former pupil of the town’s high school and a product of North Berwick RFC, came on for his Edinburgh Rugby colleague Ben Toolis after an hour of the 48-10 win – becoming the first ever former NBRFC player to play for Scotland.

With two minutes to go, he galloped home from 22 metres out to score his first international try.

Afterwards, he wrote on social media: “Has always been a dream of mine to get a cap for Scotland.”

Among the 12,000 fans at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton was Lewis’ dad Bill and he told Courier Sport that he was “so proud” of his son.

He said: “It was a brilliant weekend and to see him score the try was the icing on the cake.

“We managed to get in [to the post-match function] to see him presented his cap by Rob Flockhart, Scottish Rugby president, and he was absolutely buzzing.”

After Carmichael observed a long-standing tradition by performing a song – the lock chose to sing Tony Christie’s (Is This The Way To) Amarillo – his dad managed a brief conversation.

Bill added: “He was just really proud – you can see that in the pictures when he scores the try. It was quite emotional for both of us.”

Meanwhile, his mum Margaret, or Mags, watched on at home.

She told Courier Sport: “I stayed up to watch it with friends who’ve known Lewis all his life.

“When he came on I was jumping around the couch and then when he scored the try I was speechless – everything was in slow-motion.”

Also in the crowd was ex-North Berwick and Scotland U20 team-mate Ruaraidh Smith, who is playing rugby in Calgary, who said he was “very proud to see a North Berwick boy run out, especially when he played as well as he did.”

There was praise, too, for the new cap from his hometown club after Carmichael became the first North Berwick RFC player to pull on the dark blue at senior men’s level in the club’s 66-year history.

Keith Hogg, NBRFC head of rugby, said: “Everyone involved involved in the club is absolutely delighted for Lewis and his family.

“Enormous credit goes to him for all the hard work that he has put in and to all those who have supported his development, especially his North Berwick school and youth rugby coaches.

“Our first senior men’s cap is a very big moment for North Berwick rugby. All those involved in North Berwick RFC and North Berwick High School have been hoping this moment would come for a number of weeks.”

Carmichael’s reward for his impressive debut is a first Scotland start, against USA on Sunday.