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Edinburgh pivot keen to send national reminder

Guinness PRO12 Editor

1 Jun 2010

Edinburgh fly-half Phil Godman is hoping to persuade Scotland coach Andy Robinson to ditch Cardiff Blues-bound Dan Parks as his first-choice playmaker.

Godman was Robinson’s initial selection in the No10 shirt when he took over from Frank Hadden last year but Parks won a recall for this season’s Six Nations.

And having starred for Glasgow Warriors, Parks took that form on to the international stage when he received the nod from Robinson for all five ties against France, Wales, Italy, England and Ireland.

But Godman now has the chance to remind his national boss of his own abilities when he starts tonight’s non-cap international against a Japan Select XV at Murrayfield.

"Dan did really well during the Six Nations,” said Godman after Parks and a number of other Glasgow players were given extra time to recover from their run to the Magners League Play-Offs.

“The shirt is his at the moment, but Andy has picked a really strong team here so it is a huge opportunity for me to remind him of what I am capable of.

"All I can do is concentrate on my own game and looking to play consistently on a weekly basis.

"Overall it has been disappointing personally, but this tour is something I can get my teeth into.

"We're training hard with 15 against 15, but there is no doubt that it is beneficial to get a game like this in the national stadium to get a real feel of how we are shaping up.

"Getting a rest over the Six Nations has probably helped me and I'm raring to go now.”