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Matt Scott expects World Cup to be special for Scotland

Scotland centre Matt Scott believes his up-coming World Cup experience will be life-changing - regardless of how the Dark Blues fare.

Vern Cotter's team face clashes with Japan, the United States, South Africa and Samoa as they bid to claim a quarter-final slot when the tournament kicks off later this month.

Scott has tasted action on foreign tours already but he reckons running out at England 2015 will be a whole new ball game. He said: "It's been eye-opening. It is just so much more intense.

"Having the unique situation of having two months together, there has been no stone left unturned. Vern's attention to detail is so impressive.

"I feel I will come out the end of it a different player and a different person in a positive sense."

Scott admits he was left sweating on his place in Cotter's group after injury prematurely ended his club campaign with Edinburgh back in March.

But his worst fears were averted when he secured a slot in the 31-man travelling party which will head south ahead of the Scots' opener with the Cherrie Blossoms on September 23.

"You are just never quite sure if you have made it or not so it is such a relief to get the call," said the 24-year-old. "I felt excited and proud on Sunday when I did finally get the good news.

"I knew my time to impress was limited. I hadn't played since the Six Nations and felt I hadn't really done myself justice in the Six Nations at all, so I knew there was time pressure in the sense that I needed to train and play well."

The Scots will round off their preparations for England 2015 with their final warm-up clash against France in Paris on Saturday.

Back-to-back wins over Italy have raised spirits in the Scottish camp after starting the year with six straight defeats.

But Scott knows they will face a Les Bleus side under pressure to sign off their build-up programme with a resounding home win at the Stade de France.

"To bring us back down to earth we have a really tough Test match this week," he explained. "It's a really tough place to go and we have not won there since 1999 so that has really sharpened our focus.

"(The French media) are expecting France to put in a good result on us. For me it will be a great indicator of where we are in terms of our development and how far we have come over the past couple of months."


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