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Denton ready for physical tour

David Denton is relishing the prospect of a physical battle when Scotland tour South Africa this month.

The squad flew out from Edinburgh on Friday bound for Johannesburg ahead of a four-team tournament, which will see them come up against the host nation, as well as Samoa and Italy.

Interim head coach Scott Johnson has named a number of uncapped players in the group but Denton made it clear Scotland fully intend to come out on top as they seek success to build upon in the competition. The Edinburgh forward told Press Association Sport: "It's going to be massively physical."

Denton added: "We are going to play on hard ground, against big hitters, big people. That suits my game down to a tee so I'm looking forward to it and I'm sure the rest of the guys are as well. Johnno said from the get-go that his selections were going to be based on form in future.

"It's about building a team but we are going out there to win. He's not selecting people who don't deserve to play just because they are young; he's selecting the best players.

"It just so happens that those guys are young. I'm really looking forward to the challenge and so will all the other guys be."

At the age of 23, Zimbabwe-born Denton is just one of the prospects for a future he believes is bright for the Scots.

He said: "There is no doubt, and it's been said before, about how much potential this team has got. We've got a lot of young players, particularly on this tour, that actually have a wealth of international experience now. There are a few of us at the age of 22, 23, who have played a few games and it's just making sure that we learn from the right people."

The Scottish Rugby Union announced earlier in the week that Vern Cotter is to become Scotland's next head coach when his contract with Clermont Auvergne ends in June 2014.

Denton welcomed the appointment, saying: "He's done really well with his club team so I'm looking forward to him joining us."


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