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.”
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.”