Weary Low aims to make impact

Sun, 10 Jun 14:28:33 2012

Newly-arrived replacement prop Moray Low has set his sights on earning a spot in the Scotland team to face Fiji next weekend - once he recovers from jet lag.

Low has had a marathon journey to link up with his international colleagues after being called up on Friday to replace his Glasgow Warriors club-mate Jon Welsh, who was ruled out of the rest of Scotland's South Pacific tour due to a shoulder problem.

Last week, Low was on holiday in Mexico and he barely had time to recover from his return flight before a call from Scotland team manager Gavin Scott. The front-row forward, who learned of Scotland's shock 9-6 victory over Australia on Tuesday at the airport, said of the call: "It was nice and early in the morning, I thought I had slept in for something."

"Then that afternoon I was on a flight to Sydney, a quick change over and here I am in Fiji," he added.

It may take Low a little time to get up to speed, but he is hoping to be pushing his selection claims to head coach Andy Robinson for Saturday's Test with Fiji at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

"I have to admit that having travelled three quarters of the way round the world in the last few days, I am a bit spaced out but if I can get a good night's sleep, my aim is to compete for a place in the team for Saturday," Low said.

The 27-year-old, who won the last of his 15 caps in the summer Test against Italy last year, has fought back from injury this season to be part of the Glasgow squad that reached the semi-final play-offs of the RaboDirect PRO12.

He is glad to be back in the national team set-up now, even if it is down to unfortunate circumstances. "I feel sorry for Jon, he had a great season with Glasgow. Obviously for me it gives me an opportunity to come in, knuckle down in training, and then hopefully put myself forward for a selection spot," Low added on www.scottishrugby.org.

At least Low had one person in the Scotland camp who could sympathise with his travel exploits. Duncan Hodge, the former fly-half who is now the kicking coach, was part of the 1998 squad whose trip to Fiji involved a flight from Melbourne and a four-hour bus journey to Suva.

Scotland were thrashed 51-26, having been a point behind at half-time. Hodge said: "It is never great to lose a Test match and the way it happened, especially the last 20 minutes, meant it was pretty demoralising. In the space of about 48 hours we had a four-or-five-hour flight, four or five hours on the bus, a game, and then repeated it all going back."

 

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