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Scotland on right track - Barclay

Scotland flanker John Barclay is convinced his team have the ability to make their mark in the RBS 6 Nations - but knows they have to prove it with results.

The Scots face Ireland in Dublin on Saturday without a point from three games against England, Wales and France. Andy Robinson's men have shown signs of being a more expansive rugby unit but have been unable to turn territory and possession into tries during five consecutive defeats stretching back to the World Cup.

Lapses in concentration and discipline have cost them further, and Barclay said: "I think it's time to deliver for this group of players. The last few years there has been a lot spoken about potential but I do believe this is the best group of players I have been involved with for Scotland.."

He added: "Some are younger guys coming through and some are guys coming into some good form.

"There is a lot of disappointment but also we're using that disappointment to hopefully turn it into something special this weekend."

Barclay has been part of a Glasgow team which has had a clinical edge in recent years and challenged in the upper reaches of their league.

And he feels he and his international team-mates can replicate that improvement in results.

"With Glasgow, the team grew together," the 25-year-old said. "I feel that is happening here at the moment, but not quite with results yet.

"A few guys have moved on but there are other really talented players coming in.

"I do feel this team is moving in the right direction but sadly we haven't had the results yet."

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