Cusiter relishing autumn encounters
Scotland captain Chris Cusiter is excited by the prospect of facing the world's top two teams during the autumn Test programme.
A knee injury forced the scrum-half to miss out on Scotland's historic series triumph in Argentina - their first south of the equator - and the 28-year-old is already looking forward to getting the dark blue shirt back on when Scotland face New Zealand, South Africa and Samoa in November.
"I missed out on Argentina and the lads came back with two great results so I was disappointed to miss out on that," said Cusiter, who has been sharing the captaincy duties with Mike Blair. I'm hugely determined to get fit and force my way back into the team."
He added: "Everyone is excited about these three games. Playing the top two teams in the world is a huge challenge, one you never take for granted.
"To face the Haka and the best team in the world is a huge thing.
"South Africa have been playing some great rugby since the World Cup and Samoa are one of the most physical teams in the world.
"They produce some of the most talented players in the world, which is amazing for such a small island."
Cusiter's attitude was appreciated by head coach Andy Robinson, who pointed to the spinal injury that forced Thom Evans out of the game earlier this year as evidence that rugby players should never look far ahead of themselves.
"It's very easy to drift and think about the World Cup and the Six Nations," Robinson said.
"We have got to be focused on the autumn Tests. Players pick up injuries - it's sad what happened to Thom Evans - and you have got to treat every game as a special game."