Scotland: Hooker Scott Lawson nets call up for South Africa tour

Scotland hooker Scott Lawson

Hooker Scott Lawson is keen to make the most of his late call-up to the Scotland squad for the tour to South Africa.

The London Irish player replaces former captain Ross Ford, who has been ruled out of the trip through injury.

Scotland take on Samoa on 8 June before a meeting with the Springboks a week later.

"Bit of a whirlwind getting here but I'm here and I'm looking forward to it," Lawson told BBC Scotland.

The 31-year-old, who has been capped 36 times, has not featured for his country since the 21-15 loss to Tonga in last year's autumn Test series - Andy Robinson's last match in charge of Scotland.

And, after only receiving confirmation of his call-up a day before the squad flew out on Friday, Lawson is eager to impress interim head coach Scott Johnson.

Ryan Grant and Duncan Taylor
The Scotland squad left Edinburgh on Friday

"The whole thing's been freshened up," said Lawson.

"We've got a complete clean slate. What's gone is gone. Whether it's good or whether it's bad, it's in the past and you're looking forward to the future and being successful.

"My last game for Scotland isn't the happiest memory I have and I want to put that right.

"I got injured just afterwards and missed the Six Nations and that defeat to Tonga is not how you want to bow out. It sticks in the back of my throat.

"So it's good for me personally that I have now got the chance to rectify things. I didn't want that game to be my last for Scotland.

"We've got nine uncapped lads in the squad and this tour is a chance to see a lot of fresh faces."

Johnson said it was up to Lawson to prove he merited a starting place.

"It's time for Scott and the two hookers already named in the tour party: Pat MacArthur and Stevie Lawrie to compete for places," said Johnson.

Regarding Ford's injury, Johnson said: "Ross pulled up in training in Aviemore on Wednesday.

"He was scanned at Spire Murrayfield Hospital and a calf tear was diagnosed, recovery from which takes, on average, more than six weeks.

"It's unfortunate for Ross but, looking on the bright side, it will give him the chance to have an off-season, which can do him good."

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