Uncapped prop Alasdair Dickinson trained for the first time with Scotland's Rugby World Cup squad at L'Etrat today and vowed to battle for a place in the Test team.
Dickinson, who was celebrating his 24th birthday, replaced Allan Jacobsen - a man from whom he had learned much at Edinburgh - after the latter's calf injury in Sunday's victory against Portugal in St Etienne. Jacobsen is expected to arrive home in Edinburgh tomorrow.
Speaking after this afternoon's training session Dickinson said: "You would never want to be called into a squad in such circumstances, all the more so because Chunk (Jacobsen) has been a good mate of mine.
"However now that I'm here I'm determined to seize my chance. Selection is a matter for Frank but all I can do is demonstrate my readiness by what I do on the training field and how I carry myself," he said.
In addition to Nathan Hines (ankle and knee), Sean Lamont (ankle), Rory Lamont (shoulder), and Allister Hogg and Andrew Henderson (both dead legs), scrum half Rory Lawson was also absent from training today having tweaked his back during a weights session this morning. It's something that has bothered Lawson in the past but he expects it to settle down over the next 24 hours.
Tonight members of the squad, including captain Jason White, lock Hines and flanker Hogg, travelled the short distance to Lyon where they saw Argentina clinch a late fourth try bonus point win against the physical Georgians in Pool D by 33-3.
All were struck by the fantastic atmosphere in the ground with around 40,000 spectators present.
White called on Scotland supporters to deliver an equally passionate welcome to his team when they play against Romania at Murrayfield next Tuesday (18 September), kicking-off at 8pm.
Tomorrow (Wed 12 September) Scotland's players will be conducting a coaching clinic for local youngsters in St Etienne.