Blake wants to impress Scottish public

Date published: August 13 2015

New Scotland flanker Hugh Blake is looking forward to showing the public what he can do on his debut against Ireland.

Blake's inclusion in the Scottish set-up received criticism back in January when he hadn't even played a game for his club side Edinburgh after arriving from New Zealand.

He has since made appearances on loan at Glasgow Warriors and signed on for two more years with the Pro12 champions.

After a controversial start to life in Scottish rugby however, Blake wants to impress in Dublin.

"I've known all along I've been eligible to play for Scotland," Blake told the BBC.

"It was very nerve-wracking the first few days – but all the guys are really good guys.

"I know where my roots are from – Glasgow – and finally I get a chance to show the public that I can play rugby."

Blake revealed that he had been approached to move to Scotland before he made the move this year, but the timing wasn't right.

"A few years ago after representing New Zealand Colts, the opportunity arose to come across, but I was still on contract with a couple of teams in New Zealand and I decided morally it was right to see out those contracts.

"Once they were up I got back in touch and they were keen to get me here; it all happened quicker than what I expected it to."