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Cusiter aiming for starting spot

Chris Cusiter is targeting a return to the Scotland number nine jersey after winning his fitness battle and squeezing into the Rugby World Cup squad.

The 29-year-old Glasgow Warriors scrum-half has endured a torrid time with injuries, his appearance as a replacement in last Saturday's win over Italy ending a 17-month enforced absence from the Test arena.

Cusiter said: "It was quite emotional. I was so happy to get on the pitch and to have a chance to get selected. Not being fit and not being up for selection would have been heartbreaking. I'm just so happy to get a chance and to make the final squad."

But Cusiter, who won his 53rd cap at Murrayfield on Saturday following a long battle with a fractured kneecap, is not content merely to be part of the 30-man playing party who will travel to Australia on Saturday and on to Invercargill for the September 10 Pool B opener with Romania.

He added: "There's a bit of time now to keep working hard and put myself in a good position to try and get the number nine."


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