Winger Walker retains international hopes

01/02/11, TSPL, Scotsman, Evening News, Sport, Rugby, Scotland coach Andy Robinson named his team to face France in Paris in the opening Six nations Rugby International.  Nikki Walker. Pic Ian Rutherford
01/02/11, TSPL, Scotsman, Evening News, Sport, Rugby, Scotland coach Andy Robinson named his team to face France in Paris in the opening Six nations Rugby International. Nikki Walker. Pic Ian Rutherford

FORMER Greens flier Nikki Walker’s battle back from injury took another huge step forward this week when he was selected to train with the Scotland squad.

The Worcester Warriors winger last played for his country in the 2011 EMC Tests – ironically against the tomorrow’s opponents Italy, at Murrayfield – where he was stretchered off with a serious knee injury.

After starring in the Scotland ‘A’ win over the England Saxons in Newcastle last Friday night the burly 30-year-old was added to Scott Johnson’s training squad this week.

And he is hoping that will soon be followed by a return to the first team set-up.

He said: “Obviously I was injured playing for Scotland and I didn’t want my international career to finish with me getting carried off on a stretcher at Murrayfield.

“With that happening just before the World Cup it was probably the worst moment of my career.

“There’s always a fear that you won’t come back as fit or as strong but I worked hard with the physios every day. We went through different stages but I was always confident I would get back, I’ve just taken it one week at a time.

“It was great to be called up into the Scotland training squad. It was great reward for all the hard work and hopefully I’ll get my chance in the future.”