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Jackson relishing All Blacks test

Ruaridh Jackson could make his Scotland debut against the might of New Zealand on Saturday.

The Glasgow Warriors fly-half was named as a replacement in the Scotland 22 to play the All Blacks at Murrayfield in the opening Test of the autumn internationals and Jackson has two former Warriors - Cardiff Blue Dan Parks and Kelly Brown of Saracens - joining him in the matchday 22 for Saturday.

Although now based in south Wales, Parks has been something of a mentor for Jackson, who said: "He's been really good with me, just like the last few years. He was the first to come up and congratulate me and it's nice to have him around."

Phil Godman was on the bench for Scotland's most recent international, the series-clinching second Test win over Argentina on June 19, but an injury to the Edinburgh number 10 has presented Jackson with the chance of a maiden international appearance against the All Blacks, the world's number one-ranked team.

"To possibly get my first cap against the best could be something really special," added Jackson.

"To face that Haka will be a pretty cool experience I think, hopefully not too daunting.

"It will be great to test yourself against the best, that's what you want to do as a professional.

"It's a massive honour and I'm really excited about this coming weekend."

If granted his opportunity off the replacements' bench on Saturday, Jackson hopes to inject fresh impetus into the contest.

"I'll just try to bring my normal game in, won't try to do too much, but hopefully add a bit of pace into the game and take it to them," he said.

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