Belfast Telegraph

Friday 24 October 2014

I will never be complacent - Ansbro

Joe Ansbro

Centre Joe Ansbro is refusing to take his place in Scotland's Rugby World Cup squad for granted.

The 25-year-old London Irish back scored his first international try to secure a 10-6 victory in the EMC Test with Ireland at Murrayfield on Saturday in Scotland's opening World Cup warm-up match.

He said: "Every day we're working with the coaches, they're seeing what we can do. Every day is a challenge and I'm sure they're thinking about selection. The games are important for selection, but the training is as important. I've just got to keep focused."

The impression made by Nick De Luca off the bench, setting up the decisive try, reaffirmed to Ansbro how challenging it will be to make the final cut.

Ansbro added: "There are other good players in my position, so competition's high.

"There's still a long way to go. There will definitely be things I can improve and I'll never get complacent."

Scotland were the more enterprising team against a largely second-string Ireland, but the familiar failing of struggling to convert opportunities was evident until Ansbro's 76th-minute score.

Ansbro added: "It was the first game, so things weren't always going how we wanted, but I think we built enough momentum to score a try.

"It is quite satisfying and it's encouraging more than anything.

"The win was paramount. I think we're all very pleased."

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