Our ‘Six Nations: Six Questions’ series continues with Scotland legend, Rory Lawson. We spoke to the former scrum-half to get the inside track on his Six Nations predictions, best career moments and more.
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Who do you think will win the Six Nations and why?
It pains me a little bit to say so but I think England will win it. I think that even with the slip up against Ireland, England will win the tournament with superior points’ difference (Wales beating Ireland in Cardiff).
What do you hope to see more of in this year’s tournament?
We all love to see tries, don’t we? For me I just want to see some knife-edge games, full of quality and ambition that get the crowd on their feet.
Which young player in this year’s tournament do you think has the most potential to be a future star?
The youngsters nowadays are ready to play test rugby. It isn’t a case of them being future stars; they come into international rugby ready. Jonathan Joseph, Jonny Gray, Mark Bennett and Teddy Thomas are just a few of the names to have already lit up the Six Nations and who I believe will continue to do so for many years to come.
What was your proudest moment as a player?
Captaining Scotland to victory over South Africa in 2010 in front of a packed Murrayfield was undoubtedly my proudest moment. In the Six Nations, winning my first cap in the competition at Stade de France was a moment I will always cherish. What a stadium!
Who was the best player you played against and why?
Fourie Du Preez and Will Genia were the two scrum halves who made me think most of all. They both threatened with ball in hand but their basic skills meant that players around them would get the ball at the right time.
And finally, what do players really say in the scrum?
It’s like they speak a different language! Lots of profanities and groaning on the go as the big boys continue to practice the dark arts. As a scrum half close to the action I would always speak to the referee as if I knew what I was talking about. In reality I don’t think you really know what goes on in there unless you are experiencing it first hand. It’s certainly not something I’m keen on doing!