IN THE latest instalment of the Scotsman Rugby Show, in association with Ginger Grouse Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson speaks openly on why he has called up Chris Fusaro, after stating in November that the Glasgow flanker was not yet ready for a Test debut.
In discussing the selection of his 36-man training squad for the first RBS Six Nations camp next week, Johnson debates the merits of Rennie, Kelly Brown, Roddy Grant and John Barclay, and also looks at the other uncapped player in the squad, Edinburgh wing Dougie Fife, and outlines why he has impressed the management team.
Both Fusaro and Fife are ready to go straight into a matchday squad next month he insisted.
In our second part of the Johnson interview, to be published online tomorrow, the coach looks ahead to the Six Nations and tells us what he expects, and concludes with intriguing one-word descriptions of each of Scotland’s opponents.
As part of our rugby show package this week we also have interviews with Glasgow scrum-half Henry Pyrgos, who will be given the chance to play for Scotland A this month against England in a bid to press his claims for a place in the Six Nations. South African flanker Cornell du Preez is Edinburgh’s star man of late. He tells us why he came to Scotland and how he believes Edinburgh could win at Munster on Sunday and push into the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
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THE SCOTSMAN RUGBY SHOW IN ASSOCIATION WITH GINGER GROUSE