TOMORROW we are privileged to face Scottish opposition in the final round of the British and Irish Cup pool matches.
Melrose are the visitors to the Richmond Athletic Ground (kick-off 3pm), and after a victory over Ayr during our pre-season campaign, it is great to be able to test ourselves against another top Scottish club.
Melrose are currently flying high in the Scottish Premiership, and we anticipate another test from this famous old club tomorrow afternoon.
To date, London Scottish have used the British and Irish Cup as a development tool for our fringe 1st XV players.
However, I am well aware that there will be great interest in the result from people on both sides of the border for a number of different reasons.
For us, this game is a part of our continued development as a club, having made the step up this season to the Championship, and we will aim to showcase the ability of our squad. We have a number of first XV players returning from long-term injury, and several will certainly be involved as the final step of their rehabilitation.
I also read with interest this week about Jonny Wilkinson’s retirement from International rugby.
I grew up with Jonny, and he was in the same age-group as me throughout our junior rugby development.
Much has been written about his dedication and professionalism, and I would like to echo those sentiments.
Even at a young age, Jonny was the most dedicated person I have ever seen. As a 14-year-old, he was spending two or three hours a day on kicking practice – including Christmas Day.
It was his desire for perfection and attention to detail that marked him out as a titan of the game.
Every single day he would work on every part of his technique, and this desire to succeed was obviously something he was born with: an innate determination to squeeze every single drop of talent and ability from his potential.
He was the fittest member of the England squad, and in my opinion, the epitome of the modern professional rugby player.
Simon Amor is Head Coach at London Scottish. They take on Melrose tomorrow at 3pm in the British and Irish Cup. Tickets are available from www.londonscottish.com