Ford ready for action
Ross Ford is ready to resume full-blown combat in Saturday's EMC Test with Ireland after being refreshed by his extended absence.
The 27-year-old Edinburgh hooker was one of five Scotland players withdrawn from club service after the RBS 6 Nations, with the forthcoming Rugby World Cup in mind, but will pack down at Murrayfield for his first action since the victory over Italy on March 19.
He said: "I'm excited to get on with it now. We've put in a lot of hard work over the past six to eight weeks. We're now looking forward to putting everything we've been doing into practice."
He added: "It was a close game in the Six Nations. I'm excited to see how we've developed from there and I'm just looking forward to getting a hit out against another team.
"It's a good benchmark to see where you're at."
With Alastair Kellock, Scotland skipper during the Six Nations campaign, named among the substitutes, Rory Lawson has been handed the captaincy, with Ford promoted to vice-captain and leader of the forwards.
Ford does not anticipate the senior role will impact on him too much.
He added: "If there's something that needs saying during the game, I'll bring the forwards in and speak to them.
"Bar that, not much else will change for me. I'll try and lead from the front and put in a solid performance."