McCusker happy to play anywhere for Wales

Guinness PRO12 Editor

24 Oct 2012


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Scarlets skipper Rob McCusker is hoping his versatility will count in his favour in the autumn internationals – admitting he’d be more than happy to revert to type next month.

Ben Morgan’s departure to Gloucester has meant McCusker has plied his trade at No. 8 rather than blindside flanker for Simon Easterby’s RaboDirect PRO12 outfit this term.

But with a vacancy at No. 6 in the Welsh lineup due to Dan Lydiate’s broken ankle, talk has turned to the prospect of McCusker dusting off his flanker skills.

The 26-year-old won the last of his four international caps to date in the 2011 Six Nations campaign as a flanker.

“I've played most of my rugby at six and obviously learning on the job at eight. I don't mind, I'll have a crack at both,” said McCusker – one of 11 Scarlets representatives in the Welsh squad.

“There's definitely a lot of options, but we're all there to give the selection committee some headaches.

"I've been out of [Wales] action for a while. I haven't been involved for what seems like a long time.

"Hopefully everyone will have a fresh start and I can impress."