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Scotland’s John Barclay: ‘There is expectation on us and that’s exciting’

Scotland captain John Barclay knows his side has to improve its record on the road to have a chance in the Six Nations

The flowering of Scotland was a feature of rugby union’s climate change last year. Having withered on the Six Nations’ vine for most of the century, they bloomed – apart from a miserable afternoon at Twickenham – before recording home and away victories over Australia and, in November, coming within a completed pass of beating New Zealand for the first time.

“That day at Twickenham was one of the most disappointing in my career,” says John Barclay, who will captain Scotland in this Six Nations after leading them for most of 2017, including that 61-21 defeat by England. “We had an early yellow card and had to replace a couple of players, but we did not stick to what we had been doing. To a man, we did not play, but you can only learn from an experience like that and we have to make sure it does not happen again.”

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