John Barclay vows to take Scotland chance

John Barclay admits he feared his Scotland career had been killed off for a second time after missing out on last year’s World Cup.

The Scarlets flanker confessed last year he had given up hope of ever pulling on a Dark Blue jersey again after spending two years in the international wilderness. But he was given a surprise inclusion in Vern Cotter’s pre-England 2015 training squad and featured in the tournament warm-up clashes with Ireland and Italy.

However, just as his hopes were rising, he was left disappointed again when he was cut from the 31-man squad which travelled south. Five months on, though, his international prospects have been given another reprieve after being named in the Scots’ squad preparing for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations opener with England.

Barclay, 29, said: “It’s good to be back even though I’m a bit surprised to be back to be honest. I haven’t been in much contact with Scotland since the World Cup, there have been a few phone calls and text messages to update on my injuries.

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