Scotland lock Richie Gray ready for New Zealand challenge
Scotland lock Richie Gray is in a positive frame of mind as he prepares to take on world champions New Zealand.
Last Updated: 09/11/12 2:13pm
An ankle problem has ruled out Gray of late, with his last game coming in Sale's Heineken Cup win over Cardiff Blues on 14 October.
But despite not playing a competitive game since then he was named in Scotland head coach Andy Robinson's starting side on Tuesday before passing a fitness test and he is keen to return to action.
"I managed to get my ankle right so I'm fit and raring to go," he said.
"It's been a tough couple of weeks, just trying to get my ankle back to where I wanted it to be.
"Thankfully I got it right in time to face New Zealand. It's an opportunity that doesn't come around too often. It will be a pretty tough shift but I'm looking forward to it.
"It's about getting in their faces, putting them under a lot of pressure and, in defence, work rate, working really hard for each other and doing that for 80 minutes."