Centre Duncan Taylor has a busy summer ahead of him after earning a call-up to the Scotland squad for their trip to South Africa.
Scotland are due to play Italy, Samoa and host South Africa on their tour and Taylor, who is equally at home on the wing or at centre, can’t wait to get involved.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.
“Getting into the senior set-up is something that I’ve wanted to do for some time now so to get the opportunity to go and tour with Scotland is awesome.
“Every test match is going to be tough out there, especially with the calibre of opposition that we are facing. They are all big, physical teams, especially Samoa and South Africa, so it is going to be an unbelievable physical challenge so I think all the games will be close and it’ll be interesting to see what happens.”
Scottish rugby has seen two of their most talented outside backs forced to retire recently, with talented centre Joe Ansbro and Scottish rugby stalwart Rory Lamont both having to hang up their boots due to injury; and for Taylor their misfortune could offer him a chance to state a claim for a regular spot in the Scottish set-up;
“It’s deeply unfortunate that some guys have had to retire with injuries, but it does open a little bit of window for guys who are trying to get break into the squad. So I’ve got to keep plugging away and working hard to press my claim to get into the squad on a more permanent basis.”
Taylor will join up with his Sarries teammate and current Scotland captain Kelly Brown for the tour, and Taylor explained how Brown has already spoken to him about the trip;
“Yeah Kelly has spoken to me. He has given me many words of wisdom and just said to me how the squad operates and what to expect and I know he’s really looking forward to it and it sounds like we’re going to have some good experiences out there this summer.”