ROSS Graham has been selected in the Scotland Under-18 squad to face England at Darlington on Sunday.
The teenager impressed at a training camp in Hamilton last weekend and admitted selection to the full side is a target he had been aiming for all year.
Hawick PSA hooker Graham, who has also featured for the YM this season, told the Hawick News this week he was delighted with the call-up.
He said: “The training camp was very intense and was hard work, but it’s all worth it to get the outcome I did and to be selected in the 24 man squad.
“I was really pleased when I found out I have wanted to play for Scotland 18s from the start of this season it’s been my goal.”
Graham has shown a maturity well beyond his years and his transition from semi-junior rugby to the Championship ‘B’ has been almost seamless.
However, as he prepares to take the next huge step up the ladder, he admitted the challenge was fairly daunting.
“Although I’m looking forward to playing England, there is a lot of pressure to perform and I will be very nervous before the game,” he said.
And as an added incentive, brother Stuart, an ever-present for Hawick, played for Scotland Under-18s two years ago against the English and won.
Ross joked: “He’s been nagging me about it.”