Welsh Debut A Reason For Cheer

Jon Welsh, the 25-year-old Glasgow Warriors prop, has undertaken the role of stand-by reserve for the national team on at least six occasions . . . but today he was called upon to enter the caludron for the first time.

His debut as an eleventh hour replacement for Allan Jacobsen who rolled his ankle during the closing stages of the warm-up was one of the few bright moments for Scotland as they succumbed to a 6-13 defeat to Italy and thus were consigned to the Wooden Spoon.

Jon Welsh (left) in action at the Olympic Stadium today after his dramatic call-up to the Scotland team

In an exclusive interview with www.scottishrugby.org Welsh explained how he had followed his usual routine only for Jacobsen to sustain the injury during the warm-up.

"I thought he would pull through.  It was right up until the last 30 seconds before the boys went down the tunnel that I got the call.  I just saw him (Jacobsen) shake his head.  The butterflies started and I was a bag of mixed emotions," he said.

Welsh reasoned that the defeat was rankling at present rather than any after-glow from his first cap and stressed that he was looking forward to getting back on the park for two "massive games" for Glasgow Warriors to see out the month - against Aironi next Friday then Cardiff Blues the week thereafter.

You can hear the full interview with Jon Welsh below.