Rugby World Cup: Scotland now up with the best says Finn Russell
Finn Russell once looked up to Australia's star players as idols - but now he believes he and his Scotland team-mates can claim to be every bit as good as the stellar Wallabies.
The Glasgow stand-off was part of a Dark Blues line-up which came within 30 seconds of producing an incredible victory over Michael Cheika's men at Twickenham on Sunday.
Russell believes a side which lost all five of this year's RBS 6 Nations fixtures have now shown they can now hold their own against the best in the world.
He said: "I remember back in the day when I was younger I would be looking up at guys like Matt Giteau and Will Genia and thinking how great they were.
"But (on Sunday) we showed we were as good as them, if not better for spells of the match.
"We're a completely different team from the Six Nations - we're on par with the best teams in the world. It was a real Scottish way of losing. We were so close but didn't get the win. We were up against a quality side like Australia and I'd say we deserved the win. We were outstanding. Although we're disappointed now, we can hold our heads high."