Lamont still driven to impress

Date published: June 6 2016

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Scotland veteran Sean Lamont is going to make the most of his late call-up to the squad as he doesn't know how many matches he has left.

An injury to Tim Visser meant Lamont, who was originally not in the touring group, has been called in for the two-Test series with Japan.

While the 35-year-old knows his international career is drawing to a close, he is determined to savour these chances when they come.

"When I was left out I was absolutely gutted. To get the phone call again was very nice," the hugely-experienced wing told BBC Scotland.

"I love playing for Scotland it's a massive part of what I've grown up doing for 12 years now.

"It's been a big part of my life and I sure as damn don't want it to go away."

Lamont admits there is plenty of quality coming through Scotland's international ranks and feels that talent is keeping him on his toes.

"Eventually it will have to finish but it's been a fairly emotional roller coaster," he explained.

"The disappointment of not getting the call-up and then getting the call, so it's nice to still be on that list.

"If someone's ahead of me I like pushing myself to get ahead of them, that's the way it should be. But in the cold light of day it's down to the coaches to make the choice.

"I know where I am in my career, I'm all for pushing the next generation through – it's good for Scottish rugby, it's something we need, so the more competition it's good for the player and the country."

He added on the upcoming series against Japan: "They're going to be two tough Tests, no shadow of doubt.

"They'll be geed up because of the run they had at the World Cup, they'll be looking to claim a scalp and boost the profile of Japanese rugby.

"Things like home advantage and weather, I think it'll be hot and humid over there, and above all they're a good team so we've got be very wary.

"They pushed us in the World Cup for a good 60 minutes, but towards the end we ran away with it, but it was by no means easy, there were some real sticky moments."

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