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Denton hopes to make his mark

Number eight David Denton hopes to make an immediate impression on his first Scotland start in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations opener with England.

Denton has been rewarded for his consistently strong displays for Edinburgh and is set to win his second cap in the Calcutta Cup contest at Murrayfield, and hopes to help Scotland improve on their fifth-placed finishes in the last two tournaments.

Denton, who will be 22 on Sunday, told Press Association Sport: "A lot of the boys have said in the press before that the time has come to stop talking about it and to start doing it."

He added: We've been playing well, training's been going really well and things are looking sharp. It's a great opportunity for us to stake our claim in the competition."

Also included in the Scotland team, announced on Tuesday, were wing Lee Jones, who is set to make his debut, lock Jim Hamilton, flanker Ross Rennie, scrum-half Chris Cusiter, fly-half Dan Parks, centre Nick De Luca and full-back Rory Lamont.

Denton's aims are simple, and he added: "My job in the team is to get my hands on the ball and get us on the front foot.

"What I've got to do is get my hands on the ball early, get myself into the game and help the boys get a bit of momentum going forward."

Jones has also been rewarded for helping Edinburgh advance to the Heineken Cup knockout stages, his clinical finishing key to the capital side.

The 23-year-old said: "The three tries in the Heineken Cup have been a personal highlight for me and hopefully I can take that into my Scotland form.

"It's definitely going to be the biggest match of my career and it's a dream come true to be involved."

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