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Rugby star Price out to make international bow

Former West Norfolk Rugby Club star Ali Price says representing his country would be a massive honour if his chance arrives.

The burgeoning Bedford Blues scrum-half is currently training with the Scottish U20 squad, in Edinburgh, ahead of his country’s Six Nations opener at the end of the week.

Price, who is hoping to make his international bow after being an unused squad member last time around, said: “It would be a massive honour. It’s playing for you country. There isn’t much better really.

“It would be an absolute privilege to play for Scotland and represent them in the Six Nations and I have got to keep my fingers crossed it happens.”

Scotland’s opening fixture is against the ‘auld enemy’ England at Plymouth’s Brickfields home, on Friday, and the youngster is desperate to be involved.

Price said: “It’s the Calcutta Cup effectively. There will be a lot of passion on the field.

“We are building for that first game against England and can’t look past it until it’s done.

“If I get selected for that first game, I’ll take every game as it comes.”

Price and his team-mates are currently on camp at Murrayfield and the superb facilities north of the border are allowing them to get round the inclement weather.

The youngster still has strong sporting links with West Norfolk.

His grandfather Wal was a centre forward for King’s Lynn Town Football Club, while his dad Wally is chairman of North Runcton Cricket Club.

His Scottish mum Carol, who runs Celtic Yoga, in Lynn, said: “We are very proud and we are keeping our fingers crossed that he gets his opportunity to play in the Six Nations.

“He left home to play for the Bedford Blues, where he is serving his scrum-half apprenticeship and loving every moment of it.

“We don’t get to see much of him as he works weekends, but we travel to watch as many games as we can.”

Price has come off the bench for the Blues three times in league matches and made eight British and Irish Cup appearances this season.

 

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