Six Nations: Scotland's Tim Swinson in positive mood ahead of facing Ireland in Dublin

Last Updated: 30/01/14 5:48pm

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Tim Swinson: Relishing clash with Ireland

Tim Swinson: Relishing clash with Ireland

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Scotland lock Tim Swinson is growing in confidence ahead of their Six Nations curtain raiser against Ireland on Sunday.

Scott Johnson's side travel to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin to take on Joe Schmidt's new-look Ireland side and Swinson, who made his international debut last year, is confident of shrugging off the nerves.

The 26-year-old Glasgow Warrior said of his personal approach to the game: "I've got better with the nerves.

"Everybody gets it before games. It helps when you have got players around you who are in a good frame of mind and who have been there before.

"I had Jim Hamilton beside me in the second row when I won my first cap and it was great to have him there. Hopefully it will be the same on Sunday.

"I've also tried to take a lead from Al Kellock as well. He's been a huge influence on me over my last year and a half at Glasgow.

"He has helped me and Johnnie Gray and a few other second rows coming through. He leads by example and if I can do the same I'll be doing well."

Skipper Kelly Brown added ahead of the trip: "Any away game in the Six Nations will be hostile so we are expecting that but at the end of the day it is down to 15 against 15.

"We have not won our first game for a number of years so if we can start well then we can build some momentum.

"It's an incredibly tough start. Their last match was against the All Blacks and they probably should have beaten them.

"We finished third last year, which was our highest finish in quite a number of years, as a squad we need to keep working hard.

"On top of that, it's about making sure we're more consistent because in the past we've maybe raised ourselves for one-off games but we have to make sure we do that time and again."

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