Pyrgos eyeing RWC starting spot

Date published: August 24 2015

Scotland scrum-half Henry Pyrgos hopes he has done enough to be his country's first-choice number nine at the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

Pyrgos has provided Scotland head coach Vern Cotter with a selection headache after back-to-back try-scoring performances in recent Tests against Ireland and Italy.

He also scored in Glasgow Warriors' triumph over Munster in the Pro12 Final in Belfast in May, but knows he's not assured of being Scotland's number one scrum-half at the World Cup, as he faces stiff competition for a place in the starting line-up from Gloucester's Greig Laidlaw and Edinburgh's Sam Hidalgo-Clyne.

"I think I've hit form at the right time," Pyrgos told Press Association Sport.

"It's always nice to score for Scotland, it's an amazing feeling and especially when you go on to get the win. It will be one of those moments you look back on when you finish your career.

"I feel like I've had a good year. I had a few unfortunate injuries but I finished the season strongly with Glasgow, playing in a really good team.

"I've had a few opportunities to play with Scotland early in this warm-up series which has been great.

"Hopefully the kind of performances I've put in will only help my chances of playing at the World Cup. I'm desperate to be involved in the big games.

"It means a huge amount to me to play for Scotland but my position is really competitive so I know it will be tough. But I'm building each week and trying to improve on things and hopefully that will put pressure on the coaches to make those decisions."