Robertson Set To Follow Famous Footsteps

ImageWinger Mark Robertson is in line to make his Edinburgh debut during the club's final Magners League match of the season at Llanelli Scarlets on Saturday (10 May, kick off 5.30pm); 30 years after his father Keith made his Test bow for Scotland.

After winning his first cap against New Zealand in 1978, Robertson senior went onto become one of Scotland's greatest ever backs with some exhilarating performances over an 11-year international career.

Now his son, Mark is aiming to make his mark in the black and red shirt of Edinburgh after being sidelined through a troublesome pelvic injury for nine months.

The 23-year-old returned to competitive action with club side Melrose before being_named amongst the replacements_for the match at Stradey Park after recovering from a shoulder problem that ruled him out of the match at Ospreys.

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And he admits he is now looking to make up for lost time by hitting the ground running against the Scarlets.

Robertson said: "I was injured for a long time, but since I"ve come back everything has gone as well as it could possibly go.

"I thought I"ve performed well for Melrose and also in a couple of Sevens tournaments for Edinburgh.

"I"m not too down about my injury really; it shows you can be out for a long time and get back to a reasonable level of match fitness pretty quickly. I"m now just looking forward to taking my opportunity if it comes against Llanelli.

"I"ve been desperate to play and I was meant to start at Ospreys, but my shoulder injury stopped me from playing.

"I"m just looking forward to getting a shot at the weekend and showing Andy and Rob what I can do. Hopefully I can get a bit of confidence before going out to the Churchill Cup; there is now light at the end of the tunnel."

Robertson acknowledges that comparisons with his Grand Slam winning relative are inevitable, but the 6" 2" back says he is more of a physical player than his Dad.

He added: "I wouldn't say we are too alike; we are different players in some respects. I like to run with the ball in hand and I love taking players on one-on-one by using my side-step like he did.

"But he was a lot lighter than me when he played, so I like the physical confrontation aspect as well."

After being selected for Scotland's A squad, he says that he is aiming to sharpen his skill-set during the Churchill Cup so he can make an impact with Edinburgh next season.

He said: "Next season is really important for me and hopefully I will stay injury-free. The Churchill Cup will almost be the start of my pre-season and then I will hopefully come back as sharp as I can possibly be. That will be more beneficial than going away on holiday for a couple of weeks."

Edinburgh Rugby Club squad to play Llanelli Scarlets at Stradey Park (Saturday 10 May, kick off 5.30pm)
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15 Hugo Southwell
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14 Calum MacRae
13 Ben Cairns
12 Nick De Luca
11 Andrew Turnbull
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10 Phil Godman
9 Mike Blair
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1 Augusto Allori
2 Ross Ford
3 Geoff Cross
4 Matt Mustchin
5 Ben Gissing
6 Allister Hogg (captain)
7 Alan MacDonald
8 David Callam
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Substitutes: Steve Lawrie, Allan Jacobsen, Craig Hamilton, Scott Newlands, Greig Laidlaw, David Blair, Mark Robertson.