Thompson: We're ready for ABs
Scotland full-back Jim Thompson insists his side will not be intimidated when they face the mighty All-Blacks on Saturday.
Last Updated: 08/11/10 11:45pm
Scotland full-back Jim Thompson insists his side will not be intimidated when they face the mighty All-Blacks at Murrayfield on Saturday.
In 27 Tests since 1905, Scotland have never beaten new Zealand, losing 25 matches and drawing twice, in 1964 and 1983.
But after a securing a first southern hemisphere series victory, defeating Argentina 2-0 in June, confidence is on the rise among Andy Robinson's squad.
"It'll be a good game," Thompson said.
"I know they're the best team in the world and everything, but Andy Robinson has instilled in us that, if we play our own game, there's no reason why we can't get into them and give them a good battle.
"The boys can't wait until Saturday. Playing the best team in the world at home - you've got to be excited about that. I think everyone's really looking forward to it."
Thompson admits he is unlikely to be in the final 22 for Saturday's Test, having started for Edinburgh in a Magners League contest against Benetton Treviso.
And with competition for a place in Scotland's back division fierce, Thompson believes his inclusion last Friday night means he will likely have to wait for his debut.
He added: "There's a lot of competition in the Scotland squad, that's the way it is. It's good to be involved in the 33-man squad, I can't complain. I'll just train hard and see what happens."