World Cup p dream

Dun­can Weir has hopes for 2015 com­pe­ti­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Kenny Smith

Cam­bus­lang’s Scot­land rugby in­ter­na­tional Dun­can Weir hopes he can force his way back into the start­ing line-up-week­end.

Dun­can came off the bench to add a con­ver­sion against Ar­gentina on Satur­day, and now the Scots are pre­par­ing to face New Zealand at Mur­ray­field.

The Glas­gow War­riors fly-half has 16 caps to his name, and hopes coach Vern Cot­ter will se­lect him as the side bid to beat the All Blacks for the first time.

Dun­can (23) has been star­ring for the Glas­gow War­riors, but ad­mits Scot­land duty is a real high­light of his ca­reer.

The for­mer Cathkin High pupil said: “It’s al­ways nice to get the email sent out. Ev­ery op­por­tu­nity that you get in a Scot­land jersey, it’s fan­tas­tic.

“You want to go out there and put in a good per­for­mance, and ev­ery Scot­land player wants to get out there at Mur­ray­field. We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to two sold­out games there, and a great at­mos­phere.

“We played Ar­gentina in the sum­mer and beat them. We have them in our World Cup group in a year’s time, and if go­ing into that with back-to-back vic­to­ries over them, it’s go­ing to be re­ally good for our con­fi­dence.”

Dun­can hopes to keep his form go­ing over the next year, and help Scot­land in their bid for the Webb El­lis Cup.

He added: “If you are any­where near the na­tional squad, it’s a huge fo­cus for each in­di­vid­ual player, and it’s one that I would love to be tak­ing part in.

“I’ve been in­volved with two un­der-20 World Cups, which were a great ex­pe­ri­ence, with one in Ar­gentina and one in Italy, so if I can make a se­nior ap­pear­ance, that would be amaz­ing.

“The mar­gin for er­ror is so high, but it’s fan­tas­tic that the World Cup is be­ing played in Eng­land, with games vir­tu­ally in our own back yard, which is great for our friends and fam­ily. With two matches in New­cas­tle, it’s vir­tu­ally as close as we can get, and I’d love the op­por­tu­nity to play in front of them.”

Dun­can has also been in great form for his club side.

He said: “After com­ing run­ner­sup in the Pro-12 last sea­son, that gives you a taste and you want to get beyond that, be­ing a semi­fi­nal team or run­ners-up. This year we’ve got that ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing a beaten fi­nal­ist, and want to go one fur­ther.

“Slowly but surely, we’re get­ting the re­spect that’s been over­due to­wards a Scot­tish club side. Now we read in the pa­pers and see the English me­dia are giv­ing Glas­gow a good write-up.”

Points Dun­can added a late con­ver­sion over Ar­gentina

Train Dun­can Weir with the Scot­land squad on Mon­day

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