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Morrison relishing England showdown

Scotland centre Graeme Morrison is excited about the Rugby World Cup and one game in particular - the clash with England in Auckland on October 1.

The 28-year-old Glasgow Warriors centre missed out on selection for the 2007 tournament, but four years on is a key player in Scotland's midfield.

"Playing against England at any stage for whatever reasons has got an extra bit of spice, regardless of the situation," said Morrison. "To play them in New Zealand in a World Cup as our last group game, when at that stage it could be the deciding game of the group, it would be a great experience if I get to play in that."

Scotland and England last met in a World Cup in 1991, where Will Carling's side prevailed 6-3 in the semi-final and finished as runners-up to Australia.

Morrison has a personal record of one win, one draw and one loss against England, and although centre is a perceived weakness in Johnson's squad, he is fully aware of the size of the challenge that awaits.

He added: "You look at the centres they've got in their squad and they're by no means weak physically.

"Manu Tuilagi and Shontayne Hape are two great ball players, big guys as well.

"If I get the opportunity to play against those guys I'll relish that."


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