Southwell aims to take chance
By Graeme Mair. Last Updated: November 24, 2005 10:13am
Scotland full back Hugo Southwell is confident he is ready for the challenge of the All Blacks at Murrayfield on Saturday.
The Edinburgh Gunner has been called into Scotland's starting line-up due to Rory Lamont's head injury.
Frank Hadden's side have yet to find their best form this autumn - Argentina edged them 23-19 before an unconvincing 18-11 win over Samoa last weekend.
"I'm very confident," said Southwell. "Obviously it has been tough sitting on the bench for the last few weeks but the time has come to step up to the mark and hopefully I will be able to do that this weekend.
"Everyone hopes to be playing but you never know, and so when I was told I was pretty pleased and maybe slightly surprised.
"It's a massive challenge and it's something that I've been looking forward to since I was told that I was playing. I can't wait to get stuck in.
"However, now I'm playing I can hopefully take it on. It's the biggest game I've ever played in, no doubt about it, but it's not something that really fazes me.
"They are the best team in the world at the moment by a distance, even though they only just beat England last week, and it's a massive challenge for us.
"But we're only going to measure ourselves by playing the best and that's what we'll do this weekend."