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Jason White ready to face Ireland

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Scotland star Jason White believes he is ready to return to the national squad for next week’s Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Ireland at Murrayfield.

The 29-year-old has been out of action since rupturing his cruciate ligament last November, but initial fears he would miss the World Cup are now giving way to optimism that he can play a full part in the whole event.

“Hopefully Frank Hadden will pick me for the Ireland game,” said the loose forward.

“I’m not sure if I am ready for the full 80 minutes – but that is a conversation I’ll have with the coaching staff if and when my selection is confirmed.

“I’ve been doing contact for a while but it has always been relatively controlled, so that was my first competitive stuff and I’m delighted to be back.

“I’m really happy with my knee. Everything feels good. I’m obviously tired – especially as we ran out of substitutes towards the end so I had to stay on – but I always knew I would be blowing a bit when I came back, so I’m not too concerned about that.

“It’s the first time I’ve played tens, which puts you into a bit of space and exposes you to the quicker guys, so it was good fun and a really good test for me after so long out.

“I’ve been able to work hard in the gym, and I’m pushing personal bests on all my upper body stuff, and now I really need to regain the strength in my injured leg because my speed is the one area where I think I have really suffered.

“I need to regain the power in my injured leg, and I am working hard on that.”

There was further good news for the Scotland selectors in the shape of Mike Blair, who confirmed his return to full fitness (after eight months out with a shoulder injury) with a lively performance at scrum-half.

However, hooker Scott Lawson finished the evening on crutches having injured his ankle, while winger Sean Lamont picked up a knee injury.

But Scotland coach Frank Hadden says he is not too concerned about either player at the moment.

“Obviously we picked up a few bumps and bruises but hopefully there is nothing too serious to worry about,” he said.

“They’ll have to be assessed over the next few days, and we’ll know more by the end of the week.”

Simon Webster missed Tuesday night’s event. He is still struggling with the groin injury which curtailed his playing time during the latter half of last season.

 

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