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Saturday 11th
posted by Morning Star in Sport

SCOTLAND forwards coach Dan McFarland will be a proud man when he takes his seat in the stands at Murrayfield today.

McFarland followed head coach Gregor Townsend from Glasgow to the Scotland set-up for the summer tour and is set to take in a first Test on home soil when they tackle Samoa.

The pair, along with defence coach Matt Taylor, enjoyed a largely successful start to their reign with the Scotland team with wins over Italy and Australia before a disappointing defeat to Fiji.

However, McFarland admits there is a different atmosphere around the squad as the first game of the international season approaches.

“For me, I approach this first home series by making sure I soak up every minute of it,” the Englishman said. “You have a job to do, a job that I’m extremely lucky that I enjoy doing so I get to savour the atmosphere and feeling at the same time I’m doing my work.

“There is a buzz about international rugby. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a supporter, a player or a coach like me; there’s a buzz.

“You’re representing a nation and there are a lot of people who are so excited about it, none less than my family who are up for the weekend so it is a proud moment and you feel that among the players and especially in the front row where we have a number of debutants.

“You can feel the buzz and the bounce in their step in anticipation of playing at Murrayfield.”