Scott Lawson is determined to take his opportunity after being handed a rare chance to start for Scotland in Saturday's EMC Test with Tonga in Aberdeen.
The 31-year-old has 35 caps, but to date just nine have come as a starter, the most recent being the World Cup warm-up clash with Italy. Lawson had been slated to start the World Cup pool match against Georgia in Invercargill, but was a late withdrawal through injury and is belatedly handed his opportunity, with Edinburgh hooker Ross Ford, the former captain, rested.
"I've been involved with the squad for years and been on the bench an awful lot," Lawson, who made his debut against Romania in 2005, told Press Association Sport.
"It's been tough. I've had numerous conversations with Andy (Robinson, the head coach) regarding game time and playing minutes and things.
"The most important thing for me is now I've been given an opportunity to start I'm just focused on making sure I take it."
Ford toured with the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and was Scotland captain throughout the RBS 6 Nations and the summer tour to Australia, Fiji and Samoa.
The Borderer has been a mainstay of Robinson's side and earned 63 caps, but his lineout throwing, in particular, has been poor this autumn.
Lawson hopes his accuracy in that area can help this weekend.
"I've been focusing on myself," Lawson said. "I'd like to think throwing is one of the strengths of my game.
"I need to make sure I do that on Saturday, perform well in that area, but also around the park, defensively, carrying ball and the scrummage."
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