Ruaridh’s quest to be Scots’ perfect 10
SCOTLAND v ROMANIA Saturday, Invercargill, 2am
RUARIDH JACKSON is eager to make Scotland’s No.10 jersey his own.
The 23-year-old Glasgow Warriors fly-half has won eight caps, his most recent as a replacement for Dan Parks during the 23-12 World Cup warm-up win over Italy.
Experienced Parks, who has won 62 caps, is determined to retain the jersey. But Jackson hopes a strong display in either the Pool B opener with Romania on Saturday or against Georgia four days later will prove he is the the top pick.
Jackson said: “Last season I put myself in a good position to try to get that No.10 jersey.
“Parksy’s going to put up a bit of a fight and he played very well against Italy – he’s put down a bit of a marker.
“I’ve no idea what’s going to happen for the first game, but once I get my chance I’m hopefully going to take it.”
Jackson made his debut as a replacement against New Zealand in the opening autumn Test last season and anticipates the World Cup will be a level above anything he has experienced so far.
He added: “I’m sure it will be another notch up.
“Once we get into the Argentina and England games it’s going to be another step up.”