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Chris Cusiter (left)

Chris Cusiter (left)

Chris Cusiter (left)

Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter has flown to Australia for a short-term playing stint in a bid to improve his match fitness ahead of the World Cup.

Cusiter will play up to four games for the Southern Districts club in Sydney as he looks to push his way into the Scotland squad which sets off for New Zealand in September.

The 28-year-old featured in three Magners League games for Glasgow Warriors at the end of the season after almost a year out with a knee injury.

Cusiter said: "I'm really excited about this. I really need to get more game time and look, ideally to be a sharp as I can, to be in with a chance of World Cup selection.

"I've had three games back with Glasgow and need to work on my match fitness.

"The Sydney club rugby competition is very strong and hopefully I'll be able to play four games and learn a bit from the experience."

Cusiter's spell in Australia has been approved by club and country.

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson said: "I applaud Chris's initiative here.

"He is striving to be in the best physical and mental shape he can be and attuned to the intensity a scrum-half faces, with the challenges that lie ahead later this year at the Rugby World Cup."

PA