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Lamont brothers relishing recall

Scotland v Fiji, autumn Test
Venue: Murrayfield Date: Saturday 14 November Kick-off: 1430 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC One Scotland from 1400 GMT, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Sport website


Rory (l) and Sean Lamont hope to kick-start their Test careers
Rory (l) and Sean Lamont hope to kick-start their Test careers

Full-back Rory Lamont has revealed that, having recovered from a series of injuries, he was confident that he would be picked for the Scotland squad.

And the Toulon player was sure his brother Sean would be selected too.

"I was hopeful that we'd both get picked. Having seen Sean play, I knew he was back to his best rugby and I knew he had a good chance," said Rory.

The pair ousted another brotherly duo, Thom and Max Evans, for the match at Murrayfield against Fiji on Saturday.

The autumn Test is Robinson's first in charge of the full national team, with games against Australia and Argentina to follow.

As the Lamont brothers nursed injuries on the sidelines, the Evans duo made their mark on the international scene under Robinson's predecessor, coach Frank Hadden.

Players give thoughts on Robinson

But, with Max out injured and Thom dropped, the Lamonts have been chosen to fill the void.

While Rory was upbeat about the siblings' chances of a recall, Sean admits the call-up was unexpected.

"To get the call with the amount of talent that Scotland has in the back three, I'm very surprised, but very happy," said the 28-year-old winger.

Sean moved to Wales to join Scarlets after four years at Northampton Saints and insists that playing outside of Scotland should not have a negative effect on players' chances of attracting attention from the national coaching team.

"Obviously, you're a bit further away from the selectors' eyes," he said.

"But if you're doing what you're meant to do and you're playing well then there's no reason why the selectors shouldn't be looking at you."

Younger brother Rory plays his club rugby in the south of France with Top 14 side Toulon, whom he joined from Sale Sharks in February.

"I've gone out there for a different life experience," he said, but you could forgive him for being tempted by the warmer climate after a horrendous run of injuries.

"I know that your career can be cut at any point and I just wanted to take the opportunity to experience France while it was there for me.

"I've had eight operations in six years, so I'm pretty used to coming back from that feeling of rehab.

He is very intense and he'll tell you what he wants. You know where you stand with him

Sean Lamont

"I'm back playing and just looking forward to being back on the pitch again - it's been too long."

Rory's injuries included cheekbone fractures, a broken jaw and medial ligament damage.

"It's devastating," he said. "You think it can't be another injury.

"But you quickly put it behind you and just focus on what you have to do to get back to your best."

On Saturday, the brothers have a chance to play together for Scotland for the first time since the 2007 World Cup.

And Sean, referring to them as "legends", hopes in future they will be joined by the Evans brothers in the first 15.

"We get on really, really well with them. They're such good characters and they completely deserve the attention they've been getting - they're phenomenal," he said.

Sean is full of praise for new head coach Robinson, though admits he needed a thick skin at first.

"Andy highlighted, using video clips of me, that I wasn't hitting contact as hard as I should have been," he recalled.

"Initially, I was absolutely raging. But, looking back, I realise it was completely the right decision.

"Whatever a player needs is what is said to them. It's not just a generic comment. He knows exactly what he wants.

"He is very intense and he'll tell you what he wants. You know where you stand with him."



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