Bristol Rugby's Kyle Traynor has lots to offer Scotland, says Bruce Douglas
BRUCE Douglas believes his fellow Bristol prop and compatriot Kyle Traynor has plenty to offer Scotland at Test level.
Traynor could win his fourth Scotland cap and his first for three years this weekend, after being named on the bench for Sunday's Murrayfield clash with New Zealand.
Tighthead Douglas won 43 caps for Scotland between 2002 and 2006 – and hopes loosehead Traynor can get on the field at some point against the world champion All Blacks.
"It's terrific," Douglas said of Traynor's return to the international scene. "The last time he was involved in the Scotland squad, he played in three games in the autumn and then didn't really get in the mix for the Six Nations.
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"Then there was a bit of a transitional period with the coaches and he didn't really get the chance to kick on.
"I think he's got something to offer at that level, so it's good that he's got the chance to get back in there and show it. Hopefully, he gets to play a bit against the All Blacks."
Traynor's call-up means he will miss under-fire Bristol's Championship match against Jersey at the Memorial Stadium this weekend.
Bristol also look like being without centre Jack Gadd, who hobbled off during the early stages of Sunday's 63-7 drubbing at Nottingham and left Meadow Lane on crutches.
And chairman Chris Booy, who gave his backing to head coach Liam Middleton in yesterday's Post and then issued a statement on the club's website urging supporters to stay behind the club, wants to see a positive response this weekend.
After a difficult start to life in the Championship, Jersey have picked up in recent weeks, winning their last two league matches, against London Scottish and Plymouth Albion.
"The standard of this competition gets much better each year, there's no question of that, and Jersey have taken a bit of time to adjust," said Booy. "But Jersey was always going to be a tough game – and (Sunday's result) has put more pressure on us, of course, because every game we lose now puts more pressure on everybody: me, Liam and the team.
"But this is a good team of players, and with the home support behind them, I hope we can turn that around and get Sunday out of our system.
"We thought we had put our season on track with the win over Bedford, and maybe we just put too much into that game, focusing too heavily on that. What we've got to do is get the consistency and keep pushing that forward."