Sean Lamont: “On our day, we can beat anyone.”

A Guinness rugby ambassador and regular face on the field for Scotland, Sean Lamont played a key part in last week’s victory over Ireland, a victory that has boosted the confidence of the squad training ahead of the World Cup: “Obviously it is always good to get a win, and certainly the atmosphere in the camp is buoyed up following it. After several weeks of heavy training it was a good start.”

A good start that the team who run out against Italy on Saturday will be looking to repeat, ensuring their places in the final squad to fly out to New Zealand. With 10 players set to be trimmed competition is heating up. “We are all out to do our best and play our best. At the end of the day it is down to the coaches who does and does not get selected. Despite the competition it is a tight squad and there is lots of camaraderie amongst the boys.”

If that is the case, then someone with the ability to multi-task and switch positions is going to be an asset in the final squad. In recent games Lamont has been used as a utility back: “Obviously it helps being able to multi-task and play in different positions, but when the centre guys are fit, I like to be on the wing.”

With the conversation being about the high competition for places thanks to the new talent in the ranks, it is natural that we get the reaction of one the more experienced players in the squad. “It is great for Scotland as it has given a new depth to the team. It also drives you on as a player to have someone snapping at your heels.”

Taking all this in, I ask Sean what he thinks about Scotland’s potential in New Zealand: “I think we have great potential. In each game there is all to play for, and on our day we can beat any team. We have seen it over the past few years: South Africa, Australia, and Argentina. Still got New Zealand to go but…it is a close pool group, and these are all going to be one off games. Obviously England and Argentina will be tough, but so will Georgia and Romania. All of the games should be good, and once we are out of the pool stages we will take who we get.”

Away from Scotland and the World Cup, Lamont plays his club rugby for Scarlets in Wales. And after a disappointing end to last season, after starting off with so much promise, Lamont is relishing the challenges that a new season will bring. “We definitely want to improve upon the last season’s results, we came so very close. So we are going to keep building upon that. Scarlets are a real force and we play some great rugby, it is fantastic to be a part of that.”

Recently the teams in Wales have seen a rapid intake of Welsh players, developing them so that the national squad have a wide pool to choose from. I took the opportunity to ask if Sean thought something like this could be implemented in his native Scotland. “I think that to an extent it can, obviously in Wales you have more teams with the space to field more players, whereas in Scotland you have the two teams. But then it is also always good to get a mix of players, as you get the different techniques and styles of play.”

But for Lamont, the new season is a long way away, there is a World Cup that needs to be fought for first, and with everything to play for against Italy this coming Saturday all of the players need to be on top form to make sure they are given a ticket on the plane to New Zealand. Not that it will be hard to spot Lamont on the field, with his relentless attacking play and distinctive boots, “I like them,” he says, “I think they make me go faster.”

by Christine Lester

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9 thoughts on “Sean Lamont: “On our day, we can beat anyone.”

    1. Translation – On our day we could beat any other team, although in the case of about 10 national sides we would need them to have a REALLY BAD day, and it would need to be at Murrayfield. And raining.

  1. No, you can’t.

    You’ve never beaten the All Blacks and it’s unlikely that you ever will unless they show you the disrespect of playing a 2nd string side in a RWC pool game at some point in the future.

    (Even then Scotland probably wouldn’t win.)

  2. I think it is good that they have that belief. You do not want your team going into a competition like this thinking “well we cannot be this team, or that team, so why bother”
    The only way that Scotland will improve and progress is by carrying that kind of mentality with them.
    Yes New Zealand trounced them in last year’s autumn internationals, but they turned it around and beat SA.

      1. I do not think that they can beat NZ either, but it is nice to see that the players have confidence. Would rather they lost, but put up a fight, as opposed to just handing over a win on a plate.

  3. Interesting article,,
    I think it will be interesting to see how all the home nation teams view their chances after the first round game,,,

  4. Scotland CAN beat any team. If Scottish players thought anything else they would immediately be accepting defeat. New Zealand aren’t all that. I don’t need a stuck up New Zealander to tell me the country that I love can’t perform in the RWC, because we will.

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