Glasgow Warriors second row Tom Ryder insists he won’t rest on his laurels after being called up to Scotland’s Six Nations squad after Fraser McKenzie was ruled out with an injury.
The 26-year-old joined the RaboDirect PRO12 high-flyers 18 months ago and has played an integral role in their surge to fourth in the table.
And when Sale lock McKenzie suffered a dislocated shoulder on Thursday, Ryder was handed the chance to challenge for a place in the Calcutta Cup opener against England on February 4.
He said: “I'm delighted and proud to have received the call-up to the squad.
"First and foremost, my focus is on helping Glasgow Warriors win a massive Heineken Cup match in Bath, but I'm really looking forward to joining up with the rest of the Scotland squad, putting in a lot of hard work and challenging for a place."
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson admitted he was disappointed McKenzie would not be available but is adamant Ryder is well worth his call-up.
Robinson said: "It's a blow for Fraser, but I've always stressed the importance of performing on Scotland A duty and consistently for your club.
"Tom has done this and deserves this chance."