Mr Consistency Tonks rewarded with first cap in Durban

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On both October 13 and April 19 last season a strange thing happened at Edinburgh Rugby, writes BILL LOTHIAN.

They were obliged, through injury, to field a starting line-up without full back Greig Tonks and in each of the other 26 fixtures the man who will gain his first Scotland cap against Samoa in Durban on Saturday was an ever-present.

“Consistency has played a big part for Greig,” acknowledged Scotland coach Scott Johnson when announcing his tour squad, adding: “Greig has been in our mind for a long while. He is left-footed so that is a different option to us. This is a reward for effort.

“I really like Murch (Peter Mutchie) who sat behind Hoggy (Stuart Hogg) at Glasgow and I didn’t think it was right that he stayed at home but I didn’t want to leave Tonks either.

“There’s something about Tonks I really like, an unusual quality. We have got to find out if it transfers (to internationals).