Jackson hoping to make Scotland return for Six Nations

By Andy BurkeBBC Scotland
Jackson has 27 international caps for Scotland
Jackson has 27 international caps for Scotland

Scotland fly-half Ruaridh Jackson hopes his recent excellent form for Wasps will catch the eye of national head coach Vern Cotter.

Jackson's 14-point haul helped Wasps to a famous 32-6 victory over defending champions Toulon in the Champions Cup.

The former Glasgow Warrior was omitted from Cotter's final 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup.

"Hopefully I can impress Vern enough to get back in the side, maybe for the initial Six Nations squad," he said.

Jackson, 27, has impressed in recent weeks having been given a run of starts at number 10 and says he is enjoying his rugby again after an injury-plagued campaign last season.

"I'm certainly enjoying it at the moment," Jackson told BBC Scotland.

"I maybe got a little bit lucky with Jimmy Gopperth getting suspended for a few weeks which gave me a few starts on the trot.

"We've had a really good few weeks, certainly in Europe, so it's been great fun to be involved in that.

"I'm just loving my rugby and being out on the pitch playing again after my year last year in the physio room. I think that's a big part of it, just appreciating those moments out on the pitch and enjoying my rugby again."

Jackson scored 14 points as Wasps recorded a famous win over Toulon
Jackson scored 14 points as Wasps recorded a famous win over Toulon

A thumping 33-6 win away to three-times European champions Leinster gave Wasps the perfect start to their Champions Cup campaign, but it was the emphatic nature of the victory over Toulon - tournament winners for the past three seasons running - which caused a stir round Europe.

"It was an awesome occasion," said Jackson, who has been capped 27 times by Scotland.

"To win convincingly against them was something we didn't really imagine. We always knew we could win but we thought it was going to be a real dogfight, a closer game, but we just came tearing out the traps.

"The boys were full of confidence after going to Leinster and winning there. You just saw that from the way we played, the ambition and the execution we managed to carry out as well.

"To top off it off with the defence to stop them scoring, with the amount of threats they've got, was pretty awesome."

After being named in the extended Scotland squad for the World Cup warm-up matches - his only start in the four matches coming at full-back against Ireland - Jackson failed to make the final cut for the tournament.

Jackson made his Test debut in 2010 against New Zealand at Murrayfield
Jackson made his Test debut in 2010 against New Zealand at Murrayfield

"It was a tough one," he recalls. "Obviously I was extremely upset and disappointed not to be there, but once you sit back and watch it you end up going into that supporter's role and it was awesome to see the boys do well.

"A number of my good mates are there playing, so it's just easy supporting them. Unfortunately it finished with the heartbreak against Australia, pretty disappointing, but it was great to see Scotland on an upward trend again."

Jackson hopes his performances mean that when the Six Nations comes around he will be in the thick of the action rather than merely supporting the team from afar.

"Right now, I'm just focusing on Wasps and enjoying that," he said.

"Finn Russell is pretty much in that number 10 role [for Scotland], it's a case of putting as much pressure on him as I can. The way I'll do that is just concentrating on Wasps and doing well here. In a couple of months' time we'll see what happens."

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