Andy Robinson has hinted that Glasgow Warriors fly-half Duncan Weir could be in line for a first Scotland cap after Ruaridh Jackson was ruled out of the Six Nations opener against England at Murrayfield.
Weir has enjoyed a flying start to the season and is currently the top scorer in the RaboDirect PRO12 with 145 points, helping the Warriors to a play-off spot after 13 matches.
His Glasgow teammate Jackson, who was first choice for Scotland during the World Cup has not recovered from a hamstring injury he picked up in RaboDirect PRO12 defeat to the Scarlets at the start of January.
The 20-year-old Weir will battle it out with Phil Godman, Greig Laidlaw and Dan Parks for the fly-half role but Robinson admitted he’d been impressed with the youngster’s ability to step up since joining the squad.
“Duncan has trained with the squad for the first time and has settled in well,” said Robinson.
“He is competing with the other stand-offs for a place and has had a good season with Glasgow Warriors.
“Ruaridh is working on his hamstring and started running and got involved in training on Tuesday. But he has not played consistently, or even back-to-back matches for six weeks, so we have to manage him so that he will be available later on in the tournament.”