Cam Redpath feels poised to establish himself in the Scottish order after a series of horrific injuries prevented him from making his memorable debut in the 2021 Kolkata Cup victory at Twickenham.
The 23-year-old Bath center has been limited to just three games since his spectacular start to England away – one in place of his Six Nations defeat against Wales in Cardiff last year, and two in the final Fall Tests against Fiji and Argentina.
As part of Gregor Townsend’s upcoming Six Nations roster, Redpath hopes to start making his presence felt internationally, after finally starting to enjoy an injury-free run this season.
“I definitely want to continue,” he said.
“I’ve been wanting to do this for a few years, but my body wasn’t ready so I fell a bit behind. I hope I can push and play as hard as I can.
“I think I played 14 games this season and I think 12 of them took 80 minutes. I did not expect to play rugby this much at the beginning of the season, I set myself a goal of playing 10 games.
“After doing that, I try to find some form. I feel pretty good about some aspects of my game, but some aspects have been muted.
“I definitely feel a little bit trying to find my feet. It would be great to find an international form, but that’s something I can work on.”
Redpath, whose father Bryan made 60 appearances for Scotland between 1993 and 2003, signaled the final rise in fortunes when the team made its first international try in their last game against Argentina in November.
“It’s been a tough few years for me, so it meant a lot to me to try this out,” he said.
“I didn’t do much for it – Finn (Russell) kicked it and I jumped on it. It wasn’t one of my favorite tries, but at the end of the day, a try is a try. I’ll take it. I’m on the same track as my dad now, so I’m happy.”
Scotland’s first game at this year’s Six Nations takes them back to Twickenham for the first time since Redpath’s closed-door debut due to Covid-19, and Redpath would love to be involved this time in front of a arena.
“I haven’t had a lot of hats with a full crowd, so it would be pretty cool,” he said.
“But I have to work hard because there are a lot of centers who are playing well and the competition is right there. It’s a game I really want to play.”
Recalling his debut at Twickenham, Redpath said: “It was weird not having fans and not having a first hat. It was weird but overall it was a great day and a great memory I will never forget, so it’s something I’m very excited to try and do again.
“I would love to beat England with the whole audience this time, I think Scotland has gained momentum over the last few years and we’ve won two of the last three, so it’s an exciting time for Scotland and I hope we can go and do it again.”
Meanwhile, Glasgow assistant coach Pete Horne, who has made 44 appearances as a player, will be added to the Scotland coaching roster ahead of the Six Nations, while former New Zealand assistant coach Brad Mooar will join Gregor Townsend’s management team for a mentorship. basis.