Scotland hooker Scott Lawson grateful after being given second chance
Last Updated: 31/05/13 7:34pm
Scott Lawson: Grateful of second chance with Scotland
Scott Lawson says he plans to use the tour to South Africa to bury the memories of his last Scotland cap.
The Newcastle-bound forward's last appearance for his country was the 21-15 home defeat to Tonga last November.
The 31-year-old missed the Six Nations through injury but now hopes to use the trip to South Africa as a launch point towards redemption.
"My last game for Scotland isn't the happiest memory I have and I want to put that right," he said.
"I got injured just afterwards and missed the Six Nations and that defeat to Tonga is not how you want to bow out. It sticks in the back of my throat.
"So it's good for me personally that I have now got the chance to rectify things. I didn't want that game to my last for Scotland."
Scotland face Samoa in Durban on 8 June before heading to Nelspruit for a meeting with the Springboks a week later.
A possible encounter with Italy or one of their two earlier opponents will then take place in Pretoria, depending on results, on 22 June.
With a more positive mood around the Dark Blues camp under interim head coach Scott Johnson, Lawson admits he feels relieved that he has been given a second chance at international level.
"We've got nine uncapped lads in the squad and this tour is a chance to see a lot of fresh faces," he said. "It's good for me that I'm part of it too and that I've not completely fallen off the radar."