Inverness teenager honoured to get Scotland call for Six Nations squad
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Inverness teenager Jamie Dobie says getting called up to the senior Scotland squad was a fantastic learning opportunity.
The scrum half, still only 19, was named in Gregor Townsend’s squad officially for the first time for their Six Nations match against France, that would end up being postponed after a number of positive Covid-19 cases in the French camp.
Before that though, Dobie had already been invited to train with the Scotland squad ahead of their opening Six Nations matches, where he had the chance to impress Townsend and his coaching staff.
He clearly made an impression, because coupled with some strong performances for club Glasgow Warriors, he convinced the national head coach to give him a chance in the full squad.
Dobie then kept his place in the 34-man selection for this Sunday’s crucial match against Ireland which Scotland realistically must win if they are to keep any hope of becoming European champions for the first time since 1999 alive.
However, he was cut from the final 23-man squad and played for the Warriors in the 30–25 victory over Ospreys in the Pro 14 on Friday night.
So it appears as though he will have to wait a little longer for his international debut.
In the meantime, Dobie will be looking to continue his strong club form.
Already impressing to the point he was named Glasgow’s young player of the year for the 2019/20 season, he was last week voted the club’s player of the month for February.
His physical displays against Ulster and Leinster last month caught the eye, leading to a first monthly award for Dobie.
“Getting called up for the Scotland squad was a massive privilege,” Dobie told the Warriors’ website.
“Spending time in camp has been a great opportunity to learn from some top players and be part of a high-performance environment.”
On being named player of the month, Dobie added: “I’m delighted to pick up the Warriors of the Month Award. It’s nice to get the recognition from the fans.
“If I’m honest, it’s just nice to be getting back-to-back games and getting game time [after a month with no matches].
“It’s been a long time since anyone in the team has had back-to-back rugby.
“It’s been good to get out there with a lot of the other young boys.
“Obviously, results haven’t gone our way, but I feel like we’re building in the right direction.”