Turnbull On Race For Success

ImageAndrew Turnbull admits he is aiming to bring the curtain down on his debut season with Edinburgh with a crescendo by helping Scotland's 7's squad achieve success both in London (24-25 May) and next weekend's IRB Emirates Airlines Edinburgh Sevens (31 May " 1 June).

The 26-year-old Watsonian signed for his hometown team in the summer and went onto finish the campaign as Edinburgh's leading try scorer in the Magners League before earning a recall into Scotland's 7's squad.

Nevertheless, the diminutive winger says he believes there is still room for improvement and is targeting a more prolific try scoring ratio during the 2008/2009 season.

But Turnbull's first objective is to use his searing pace to tear up opposing defences at English Rugby's HQ at the weekend in the dark blue of Scotland's 7's team.

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Turnbull said: "I"m looking forward to it. It has been two years since I"ve played 7's so I am just shaking off the rustiness.

"I"m getting used to the game again and adjusting m fitness levels. It should be an exciting final two tournaments.

"We"ve got quite a tough draw in Edinburgh after Twickenham, but you"ve got to play the best teams if you want to win it, so you may as well play them early on."

Turnbull's touchdown at Stradey Park during Edinburgh's final day win over Scarlets was his fifth try of the season and the former Borders wing believes his first season in the black and red went reasonably well.

He said: "I thought it went well. It was good to finish as top try scorer, but that is pretty much why I"m there. I didn't score very many, but I"m looking to score more next season.

"It was a good day at Scarlets and it helped the confidence in the Edinburgh team to have gone to Ospreys and Scarlets and come away with two wins.

'there is growing belief in the squad and everyone is excited about what we can achieve next season."

His greatest attribute is his blistering quickness and Turnbull revealed he was a schoolboy sprint champion, but declined to pursue a career on the track in favour of trying to fulfil his potential in Rugby Union.

He said: "I"m not really sure how quick I am over 100 metres; I"ve not been timed since I was at school.

"I was the under-18 Scottish schools 100 metre sprint champion, but I never wanted to take up athletics; I just wanted to play rugby."