Jacobsen On Milestones And Expectations

ImageAllan Jacobsen says he is excited about reaching the 200-game milestone for Edinburgh during the forthcoming season but admits he will to work harder than ever in order to achieve the goal.

Entering into his 10th season as a professional with his hometown club, Jacobsen is only a handful of games away from chalking up a double century of outings for Edinburgh.

But the Scotland international prop, who featured in the historic win over Argentina in the summer, believes he will have to be firing on all cylinders in order to hang onto the number one jersey.

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Jacobsen said: "Reaching my 200th appearance is definitely there at the back of my mind, but at the end of the day it is just a number.

"If it does happen then it will be a big thing for me and my family and I"ll be happy.

'the way I"m looking at it now there are lots of hungry young guys coming through, so I"ve got to be even more on my toes. All I think about is training hard and playing well, there is no point thinking about much else.

"If you don't train hard and you don't play well then you don't deserve to play; if you can do both things then you will be in with a shout."

After Edinburgh exceeded the pundits" expectation levels last season by finishing in fourth place, Jacobsen acknowledges that the forthcoming season will be even harder because opposing teams will not underestimate Edinburgh.

He added: "I think we"ve got a really good squad. The results went well last season even though a lot of people had written us off.

"Now people will be watching out for us. I think everyone expected us to be the whipping boys last year and we weren't.

"Now teams will be expecting tough games against us, so we"ve got to go out and live up to that. It will be harder this year, but that is how it works in sport. We have to hit the ground running at the start of the season."