WEIR ON OUR WAY
Duncan vows to do Scotland proud at World Cup
Scotland’s rugby team are set to take on the world – and Cambuslang lad Duncan Weir can’t wait to get started.
The former Cathkin High pupil and Cambuslang Rugby Club star has been named in the squad of 31 set to take part in the Rugby World Cup, with the tournament getting underway this Friday when England play Fiji at Twickenham.
Scotland start their campaign a week today (Wednesday September 23) against Japan in Gloucester, before going on to play the USA, South Africa and Samoa, with the top two teams progressing to the quarter-finals.
For Duncan, making the cut was a big achievement, especially after he missed this year’s Six Nations due to injury.
He told the Reformer: “After getting injured at Christmas time, the World Cup was a huge target for myself. Getting back playing for Glasgow and into contention for the squad was the first aim, and it’s great to get into that final 31.
“It shows that I worked pretty hard over the summer and that coaches obviously liked what they saw.”
The Scots played four warm-up games to decide who made the final squad, with the fly-half getting to start an away tie against Italy.
He said: “I got my chance against Italy in Turin and it was a difficult match. It was a hot and humid environment, which was tough to play in, and I didn’t get a lot of the ball in attack.
“But the coaches had seen enough from me. It was good to get 80 minutes under my belt though and that I’d done enough to make the final 31.”
Many pundits expect the crunch games for Scotland to be against two-time world champions South Africa and the always dangerous Samoa. However Duncan, who’s from Kirkhill, knows Vern Cotter’s man can’t relax in their first two games either: “Japan have got a good squad and they’ll be a hard challenge.
“We can’t look past the first game because if we lose that then we’ll be chasing our heels. They’re a quality outfit and we’ve been doing an analysis of them before heading to England on Wednesday.
“Hopefully we’ll be going guns blazing in that first game.”
Those games against the South Africans and Samoans will both take place at St James Park in Newcastle, meaning the Glasgow Warriors player will be watched by plenty of friends and family.
He added: “I’ve got extra tickets for those games so I’ll have family and friends there. Having them in Newcastle is great because we’ll have great support coming down and hopefully we’ll soak up the energy from the fans.
“I’m so proud to be selected and I just want to do the nation proud in return.”
Ready Duncan in training this week