Scottish skipper hungry for RWC return

Scotland rugby captain Jason White’s dream of playing in his second Rugby World Cup remains on track with the lock forward stepping up his training as he continues his comeback from a knee injury suffered against Romania last November.

According to Total Rugby, White has his sights set on Scotland’s encounter with Ireland at Murrayfield on 11 August for his competitive return, although the 29-year-old knows he still has a lot of recovery work to get through if he is to play for his country once again.

In an update on his rehabilitation at the Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic in Killington Mountain Ski Resort in the US, where he is training with England fly half Charlie Hodgson, White revealed his plans for the near future.

“It [the knee] is good,” said White.

“I have been working with the physio Stephen Mutch and Mike Blair, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, just out on the back pitches here, hitting tackle bags, driving, changing direction, so it is all going really, really well.

“The next thing for me is to progress onto contact and that is hopefully in the next couple of weeks. I think the first thing to do is do some controlled contact, which will take place in training, possibly with Mike Blair, and testing out my knee that way.

“If all that goes well, hopefully I will be available for selection for the game against Ireland on August 11,” said White.

Scotland coach Frank Hadden will certainly be hoping his captain’s prediction comes true, having seen his side finish bottom of the Six Nations table with only a win against Wales in White’s absence.

White though, is taking it one step at a time, full of confidence in how his right knee is feeling but not letting his desire to add to his five appearances at World Cup 2003 push him to do something he is not yet ready to tackle in his rehabilitation.

“I have got no apprehension at the moment, but that is not to say that when it comes to someone clobbering me I am not going to be a little bit worried, and I imagine I will be because that is human nature,” White added.

“But my mind says that my leg is strong, the muscle mass is coming back a little bit, so I have just got to keep working hard and listen to the medics.”

365 Digital

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