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Dumfries centre Dougie Flockhart became the 100th player to represent Scotland Rugby League at senior level when he made his debut against Wales in the European Nations Cup on Sunday. The 20 year old played the whole 80 minutes as Scotland suffered a frustrating 22-14 defeat in Bridgend and remains in the squad for Sunday's game with a star-studded Ireland at Old Anniesland.
"It's great to hear that I'm the 100th player - it makes me even more proud," said Flockhart, who also plays full-back for Currie RFC in the Scottish Rugby Union Premiership. Flockhart is in the unusual situation of having played far more rugby league internationals than club games. Having tasted rugby league with the Borderers as a teenager, he has spent the last three years playing international rugby at all levels: union for Scotland Under-21s (including the win against England and the World Cup in Argentina) and league for Scotland Students, Amateurs and now full professional team. That saw him line up alongside and against Super League players for the first time.
?Even though I?ve played a lot of internationals, I still get nervous before the game and the national anthem still has the same affect on me,? he admits. ?It was daunting when I first went into the training camp and the first few minutes of the match were daunting too but I settled down and got into it.
"Playing with guys like Danny Brough, who is such a classy player, was a totally new experience. The quality of the kicks from him and Lee Briers for Wales was something I?d never seen before. It was great to be a part of and I think I did okay.?
Scotland must beat Ireland on Sunday to stay in the hunt for a place in the European Nations Cup ? only the winners of the three-team Group 2 progress. Kick off is at 2.30pm and admission is just ?5, with juniors ?1.