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Friday, 14 February, 2003, 13:52 GMT
Mower ponders future
Newcastle's Andrew Mower
Andrew Mower was on loan with the Borders this season
Scotland flanker Andrew Mower could return to the Borders from Newcastle Falcons next season.

The 27-year-old will replace the injured Budge Pountney for Sunday's RBS 6 Nations opener against Ireland.

But his club future is less certain, with his contract up at Newcastle Falcons in five months.

"I'm out of contract in July and obviously I'll put my head down and try and play well in the 6 Nations and I'm talking to Newcastle and the Borders and see what happens," he said.

I have to make the most of my opportunity

Scotland flanker Andrew Mower
Mower was loaned out to the Borders before being called back after producing an outstanding display for Scotland A against Romania.

His international place is much more certain and he is now fit and raring to go against the Irish at Murrayfield.

"I was injured at the start of the season and missed the tour to the United States and Canada through injury and I changed clubs," he said.

"But I got two A games in the Autumn and I played quite well against Romania and, with Newcastle, we've three out of our last four games and I've been man of the match twice and been playing quite well.

"I just have to try and carry that through onto the field on Sunday. My form returning has been good timing, but it's all about match fitness.

"I was out injured and, in my position, you have to be one of the fittest on the field and, no matter what kind of running you do, there's nothing like games."

He is now determined to make the number seven shirt his own for years to come.

"I have to make the most of my opportunity," added Mower.

"Budge was, and still is, a great player and I have tremendous respect for him, but there's an opportunity for myself and I've got to try and play well and make the most of it."


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