Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Falcons Hooker Keeping Scotland Flame Burning

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Falcons Hooker Keeping Scotland Flame Burning

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Byline: Mark Smith Sports writer mark.smith04@trinitymirror.com

NEWCASTLE Falcons hooker Scott Lawson has not given up on his Scotland career despite having been ignored during the Six Nations.

The 33-year-old won the last of his 46 caps in November of last year when he came on as a replacement, playing the closing 20 minutes of their 41-31 win over Argentina at Murrayfield.

With the Rugby World Cup coming up in September and Scotland set to play two games at Newcastle's St James' Park, Lawson has revealed the national management have been in contact to remind him he is still in their thoughts.

"I would definitely pick me," joked the South Lanarkshire-born scrummager, who scored one of the Falcons' four tries in last weekend's 42-40 loss at Gloucester.

"I am still in the mix. I have had dialogue and conversations recently.

"I wasn't selected for the Six Nations but it is good to know you are still on the radar, and having that contact from the national management does give you that little extra bit of drive."

A consistent performer for a Falcons side who have shown a rocksolid set-piece in recent weeks, Lawson said: "I am really happy here at Newcastle, and happy with how I am playing.

"I am a little older but that experience is definitely helping me, and I still have the same energy and buzz I have always had.

"If I don't get selected by Scotland I don't think it will be through any form, but we will just see how it goes. All you can do is play well for your club, and I feel like I am doing that."

Handed a free weekend due to the scheduling of the European finals, Lawson and his Newcastle teammates are still reeling from blowing a 17-point lead in the last 13 minutes at Gloucester as they prepare for next Saturday's visit to Sale Sharks.

"Gloucester was another learning curve, and another frustrating result," said Lawson, whose side are win-less in the league since January.

"Performance-wise it was topnotch at times, but it was another one that got away. We came in and said we should have won it, but we keep saying that."

The Falcons have lacked nothing in terms of entertainment this year, running in 49 Premiership tries so far in comparison to just 23 last season. …

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