Luke Crosbie: Scotland A captain brings perspective to role as he ready himself for Chile
It may be an A international but the chance to captain Scotland is not an honour Luke Crosbie will take for granted.
The Edinburgh flanker has worked hard to get to this point in his career and has suffered a few setbacks along the way. It makes him appreciate this opportunity all the more and when he leads out the national team in Santiago on Saturday it will be a proud moment for the 25-year-old.
Crosbie won his first - and so far only - cap in the autumn against Tonga in the autumn but injury prevented him from playing any part in this year’s Six Nations campaign.
Having been involved in previous Scotland camps without playing, the Livingston man has had to be patient but is determined to seize his opportunity in South America.
“For me, it’s just about being in the moment,” he said. “If I look around now, I’ve been picked for the tour, then selected for the team and now being handed the role of captain. I’m grateful for the opportunity.
“If you miss out on stuff it builds a bit of perspective and I’m now more grateful for these opportunities and I know how rare they are. So it makes me want to take these opportunities with both hands and really enjoy it because I know what it’s like when you are missing out and you’re stuck in a dark gym. I’m just enjoying being here and looking forward to the weekend.”
Townsend expects Crosbie to bring a quiet authority to the role and the player himself will trust the team to put into practice what they have worked on in Chile.
“You can tell with the group of players in this camp that everyone wants to work hard for each other so there’s not too much that you need to bring in that respect,” said Crosbie. “It’s controlling the team and making sure everyone is focused on their job and if there are errors it’s about picking people up and making sure they stay positive.
“You give reminders throughout the week about defensive and attack goals and that these are our focuses going into the game so when it comes to high pressure situations those simple points we’ve worked on through the week can help us and give us confidence on the pitch.”
Chile’s recent victory over Canada suggests they should not be treaty lightly but Crosbie doesn’t expect any surprises in Santiago.
“They’re a physical outfit and we’re totally prepared for them,” he said. “We’ve been training hard for a tough game. We’re going to stick to what we’ve been doing on the training field and look to implement that in the game.
“I just want to see the intent and energy that we usually bring in a Scotland jersey. I’m sure without a doubt that the players we have in this squad will bring that. We have to work hard for each other and control the game.
“And we have to try to enjoy it as well as it’s a special thing to play for your country, especially over here.”
Scotland A (v Chile, Estadio Santa Laura Universidad SEK, Santiago, Saturday, 9pm BST)
15. Ollie Smith - Glasgow Warriors - 0 caps
14. Damien Hoyland - Edinburgh Rugby - 4 caps
13. Matt Currie - Edinburgh Rugby - 0 caps
12. Sione Tuipulotu - Glasgow Warriors - (vice-captain) - 5 caps
11. Rufus McLean - Glasgow Warriors - 2 caps
10. Ross Thompson - Glasgow Warriors - 1 cap
9. George Horne - Glasgow Warriors - 17 caps
1. Jamie Bhatti - Glasgow Warriors - 22 caps
2. Dave Cherry - Edinburgh Rugby - 5 caps
3. Javan Sebastian - Scarlets - 1 cap
4. Jamie Hodgson - Edinburgh Rugby - 5 caps
5. Scott Cummings - Glasgow Warriors - 21 caps
6. Ben Muncaster - Edinburgh Rugby - 0 caps
7. Luke Crosbie - Edinburgh Rugby - (captain) - 1 cap
8. Matt Fagerson - Glasgow Warriors - 21 caps
16. Johnny Matthews - Glasgow Warriors - 0 caps
17. Pierre Schoeman - Edinburgh Rugby - 9 caps
18. Murphy Walker - Glasgow Warriors - 0 caps
19. Glen Young - Edinburgh Rugby - 0 caps
20. Magnus Bradbury - Edinburgh Rugby - 18 caps
21. Ali Price - Glasgow Warriors - 51 caps
22. Blair Kinghorn - Edinburgh Rugby - 31 caps
23. Mark Bennett - Edinburgh Rugby - 24 caps
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