Barclays Debut Test of Nerves; CHALLENGE: Flanker Barclay

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Barclays Debut Test of Nerves; CHALLENGE: Flanker Barclay


Byline: Sean Vincent

JOHN BARCLAY admits it is a dizzying experience just thinking aboutmaking his Scotland debut against World Cup favourites New Zealand. But the20-year-old is determined not to let nerves get the better of him after beinghanded his big chance by head coach Frank Hadden and says he will try to treatit like any other match. Barclay and Alasdair Dickinson will win their firstScotland caps in todays Pool C encounter, after Hadden made 13 personnelchanges and two more positional alterations from the side which played Romaniaon Tuesday.

I just have to play the same game as I play for Glasgow, said Barclay. Theresno point me going out there and trying to do something different which is notin my game just because its the All Blacks. The openside flanker will celebratehis 21st birthday tomorrow, but for now his focus is on rugby rather thanparties. He added: Most of the conversations Ive had with the other guys in thesquad have been about me trying to get a few hints which will help me put asidemy nerves.

The main thing they have said is that it will all be over before I know it, soI have to go out there and enjoy the experience. …

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