IT WAS A GOOD YEAR FOR ME – GREIG TONKS

Scotland triumphed over Australia in their last game and it was jubilation.


However, the feeling of victory did not last long for the players.

After a relaxed night in the Coogee suburb of Sydney, the Scottish squad were up and on an eight hour flight and a bus trek to Suva in Fiji. They sure will be getting ready to play again.

Since their victory over Australia, they have lost more players, especially with Finn Russell and Alan Dell heading off to the Lions, and Alex Dunbar away on holidays.

GreigTonks is one player who has been raring to get back out in the field. At the weekend, he played full back but he features regularly on the fly half slot.

His seventh game so far saw him break his scoring duck as he slotted home a long-range penalty in no more than two minutes into the match.

For Tonks, his being included in the team list is a miracle, since after his last involvement with a Scotland squad almost two years ago.

Reflecting on a year winning with London Irish before his unexpected call up to the international squad, Tonks noted that the year had been much of an amazing one for him.

“It has been an amazing season, it has revitalised my love for rugby. I loved it; it was a good year for me.”

Then, the big issue was that his club had been relegated down to the Championship in England and he was sure it would be hard for the Scotland coaches who were playing second-tier rugby to notice him.

However, the club bounced back to their winning ways but Tonks recalls that his call to the international level was still very much a huge surprise for him.

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