Kaleem’s been learning from the best – now he wants to perform well in HK

Kaleem Barreto has been learning from some of the best scrum-halves in the business this season – and now the talented starlet wants to show what he can do on a wider stage.

The 20-year-old number nine will be turning out for the PROJECX Waterboys for the first time at the GFI Hong Kong 10s on April 3 and 4.

The Scottish-based invitational team has a great history in recent years of giving up-and-coming young talent from the Tennent’s Premiership and beyond the chance to shine in some top quality sevens and 10s events around the globe.

And this will be their fourth time at the world famous Hong Kong 10s which is played at the wonderful setting of the Hong Kong Football Club and attracts some cracking teams.

Born in Portugal, Kaleem moved to Scotland at the age of three and represented Scotland at age-grade levels.

He began his rugby journey in Dundee and the moved to attend Glenalmond College.

Whilst at school he also turned out for Perthshire and Dundee HSFP to get himself used to senior rugby and, having shown he could more than handle that level, since 2017 he has been a member of the Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy and having played well for Scotland under-20s and the Club XV is now on the cusp of the Scotland Sevens set-up and the Glasgow Warriors squad.

Ahead of the Hong Kong 10s he said:  “Being involved with Glasgow has allowed me to train with Ali Price, George Horne and Nick Frisby as well as Niko Matawalu.

“They are all internationalists with amazing work ethics and different strengths, so for a young player in their position I am always learning from them and they are all great guys.

“Working with them helps your game management as they are always passing on tips while, of course, we also get to work with Mike Blair.

“Last year I played in the top flight with Marr too and this year I have been involved with Glasgow Hawks so you are always learning to play in different situations and training with Scotland Sevens at times has been great too.

“I am really pleased to be heading to Hong Kong with the PROJECX Waterboys.

“I have not played there before, but I have heard great things about the 10s and it will be good for me to test myself against some of the big name players who will be there.

“It will also be good to play with some of the best club players from Scotland and we have some pretty dangerous outside backs so hopefully I can set them on their way!”

This year in Hong Kong the Waterboys are ninth seeds and are in a pool including Biarritz Gavekal (1) and Kir Club Pyrenees (8) both from France plus Shanghai Silver Dragons (16). All games will be live streamed.

The 16 teams in the tournament are, in seeding order:

1 Biarritz Gavekal (Cup winners 2017, 2018)
2 Tradition YCAC (Cup runners-up 2014, 2015, 2018)
3 Grove Penguins (Cup winners 2013, 2016)
4 Mourant Fiji Army (Debut 2019)
5 Samurai International (Cup runners-up 2010, 2013, 2016)
6 Asia Pacific Dragons (Cup winners 2012, 2014, 2015)
7 A-Trade Overseas Old Boys (Plate winners 2016; Plate runners-up 2018)
8 Kir Club Pyrenees (Cup semis 2009; Bowl winners 2016, Plate winners 2017)
9 Projecx Waterboys (Plate semis 2016, 2017, 2018)
10 Taikoo Place Scottish Exiles (Cup semis 2015; Bowl winners 2018)
11 Classic Wallabies (Bowl semis 2017, 2018)
12 Hunter and Boo East Africans (Bowl runners-up 2018)
13 Tiger Rugby (Bowl semis 2018)
14 Natixis HKFC (Shield Winners 2012, 2016, 2018)
15 Irish Vikings (Bowl runners-up 2009, 2017; Shield winners 2010, 2013)
16 Shanghai RFC Silver Dragons (Shield winners 2017)

PROJECX Waterboys squad for Hong Kong

George Hunter Barnes *
Ross Graham Watsonians *
Johnny Matthews Boroughmuir Rugby (C)
Ewan Miller Dumfries
Michael Fedo Watsonians
Robert Lind St Andrews University
Alasdair Mackie Stirling County *
Ali Harris Watsonians
Kaleem Barreto Glasgow Warriors *
Andrew Goudie Stirling County
Archie Russell Boroughmuir Rugby
Ewan MacGarvie Stirling County *
Jack Steele Boroughmuir Rugby
Scott Bickerstaff Marr RFC
Robert Nelson Currie RFC
Ben Robbins Currie RFC
Michael Vernel Currie RFC *
Mungo Mason Scotland Sevens

Denotes first Waterboys tour *

Head coach: Bruce Douglas

Assistant coach and team manager: James ‘Cakes’ Robertson

Physio: Leanne Brunton

Physio: Heather Ramsay

Thanks to Scottish Rugby/SNS for the main image

The PROJECX Waterboys are again supporting the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation and their strips reflect this in their vibrant branding.

2019 sponsors who they are very indebted to are:

Signature Pubs www.signaturepubs.co.uk

Kyloe Restaurant www.kyloerestaurant.com

JA Resorts & Hotels www.jaresortshotels.com

ACE Property www.acepm.co.uk

Orion Systems www.orionsystems.com

Arbikie Distilling www.arbikie.com

Avocet Natural Capital www.avocetnc.com

4 Navitas www.4navitas.com       

Gaia Wind www.gaia-wind.com

Edinburgh Airport www.edinburghairport.com

PROJECX www.projecx.biz

Donations were also received from Broxburn Bottlers and the legend that is Rab Brown.

The amazing kit is once again supplied through:

AKUMA Sports www.akumasports.com