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Last Updated: Friday, 26 September, 2003, 13:38 GMT 14:38 UK
Logan's last stand
By Colin Moffat

Kenny Logan in action
Logan will be looking to add to his tally of 13 international tries
Kenny Logan will end his Scotland career where it all began 11 years ago, when the World Cup comes to an end.

The 31-year-old Wasps winger made his international debut in a 37-13 loss to Australia in Brisbane and has since amassed an impressive 65 caps for his country.

The World Cup will bring a final curtain call for several other Scots, including skipper Bryan Redpath and management duo Ian McGeechan and Jim Telfer.

"'Geech (McGeechan) wants to go out on a high in his last World Cup, and the same goes for a lot of us players," Logan told BBC Sport.

"I am never going to play in a World Cup again; I am never even going to play for Scotland again and I don't want to say when I have retired that 'I never did this or I didn't do that.'

"We must put pressure on ourselves to perform."

The build up for the tournament, however, has been inauspicious, with Scotland faring badly in this year's Six Nations and struggling in recent warm-up games.

Scotland take on Japan, USA, France and Fiji in Pool B at the World Cup and Logan is targeting a big performance against the French.

"Realistically the big game in our group is France and I know we can beat them. We have beaten them three times in my career.

"And if we can beat France, we give ourselves a great chance of getting to the semi-finals. After that, who knows what can happen?"

Logan's last appearance at Murrayfield was in Scotland's 29-10 defeat by Ireland in the final warm-up game, but he is convinced the Scots will improve once they land down under.

"I realise we will have to work very hard to achieve it but with most Scotland sides, the longer we are together, the better we get," Logan added.

We are a lot fitter than we have been before but we need a settled team
Kenny Logan
"The draw has worked well for us because we play Japan and the United States first, which should get us into shape for the bigger games against France and Fiji."

Scotland could only beat Italy and Wales in this year's Six Nations and were hammered by Ireland, France and England.

Two defeats in South Africa were softened by some good performances but a warm-up win over Italy was followed by a loss in Wales.

Scotland have seen a lot of the ball in all of this year's games but the lack of penetration and a killer instinct is a pressing concern.

"It's frustrating because we have a game everybody believes in, yet sometimes we just don't perform," said Logan.

"We are a lot fitter than we have been before but we need a settled team. The injuries have been frustrating but mentally we need to be right as well.

"Fortunately, Scotland teams have a habit of turning things round pretty quickly and once we get closer as a team we should start to perform."

Logan will be anxious to add to the 220 points he has scored in his long Scotland career but, despite his confidence in a good showing in Australia, victory over France would be a major upset.

A more plausible outcome is a second-place finish in the group stage, which is likely to set up a quarter final meeting with the hosts.

In that case, Logan can draw on memories of his debut as a 20-year-old and could very well bow out on a high against the Australians.





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