The season at Edinburgh Rugby has now finished, but mine isn’t yet over after I was selected in the Scotland squad to tour Australia, Fiji and Samoa.
As a club, we’ll have mixed feelings about the season when we look back. We did very well in the Heineken Cup, but when you look at the Rabo, we finished 11th, having lost a few games by small margins, and it shows the impact the international players have at Edinburgh. We lost them for the World Cup, and our season started really badly, and it was difficult to catch up when they went away for the Six Nations as well.
Personally, I’ve enjoyed the season and it was great to play in a Heineken Cup semi-final. I was hopeful of being selected for Scotland, and I was absolutely delighted to get the call last week.
Some people seemed to think it was clear cut, but personally, I knew it wouldn’t be easy. I had hoped I had done enough, and I was so happy to find out I’d been selected.
We had an email a few weeks ago saying that we were in consideration for selection, and then got another email last Monday to say that we were definitely in the squad. Andy Robinson called me on the Tuesday and said that I’ve had a good couple of seasons and shown potential, and the next challenge will be to take it to Test level.
The Edinburgh guys started training individually with the Scotland fitness coach last week, and then everyone else will come together on Thursday to fly out. This week I’ve got the opportunity to train and prepare, and then I’m really looking forward to getting out there.
I know most of the guys in the squad – obviously all the Edinburgh guys will be familiar, and most of the Glasgow team as well, and even those abroad I have met at some stage.
My qualification doesn’t kick in until the 12th June, so I can’t play against Australia on the 9th. That’s probably the biggest test of the tour so it’s a shame I won’t be involved, but Fiji and Samoa will be huge games in their own right as both island nations are blessed with formidable rugby players.
I’m really excited about the tour and I just want to get some game time and play some international rugby. It’s obviously my first time in Test rugby, and I’ve never even been to the Southern Hemisphere before so it’s going to be an incredible experience.