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Nick Haining

Luke Crosbie feels ready to make his mark on the Scotland squad as he looks for his debut in the Six Nations.

The 22-year-old was in the wider training squad last year but is further up the pecking order as he prepares for Saturday’s opener in Ireland with his team-mates in Spain.

“Last year I got announced in the extended squad to come and train so I am really happy to be here for the start and I really want to kick on,” the flanker said.

“There was loads of stuff I took from last year, how the days run, different calls and wee things like that, so all my focus can be on developing as a player now.

“Being called in late last season, it was good to know how everything runs. But this year I really want to get stuck in and see where I can go.

“I want to absorb as much information as I can. There is so much experience with the players and coaching staff. I am just trying to learn my detail and do as much and, if I get an opportunity or not, then I am going to leave here a better player whatever happens.”

IMPRESSIVE

Crosbie pushed himself into contention with some impressive performances for Edinburgh during the World Cup and by helping Richard Cockerill’s side reach the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

“To be honest, when we lost quite a few of the back-rows I was just focused on putting in a big shift for Edinburgh to really show that I can perform with a wee bit more game time,” he said. “This popped up and it’s a privilege to take it.”

Another Edinburgh back-row forward looking to make his debut in Dublin is Nick Haining.

The 29-year-old Australian has taken a very different path to the Scotland set-up, signing for Edinburgh in the summer following an impressive spell with Bristol.

Haining qualifies for Scotland through his Dundee-born grandmother, who lives in Australia.

“I had a chat to her last week and she was over the moon,” he said. “She was very excited and I will call her again this week to let her know how camp has gone.”