Cameron Henderson says the opportunities presented since his move to Leicester Tigers have played a massive part in his call-up to the Scotland squad this summer.
The 21-year-old lock is among the uncapped players in a squad led by coach Mike Blair for games against Romania, Georgia and the England A fixture at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Sunday, June 27.
Club colleague Matt Scott, who has 39 Test caps, has also been selected for his fist call-up since moving to Leicester.
“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity, it’s all pretty surreal,” said Henderson who has made 15 first-team appearances since joining Tigers last summer.
“The chances and the leadership that Steve [Borthwick] has given me meant I’ve had the trust to go out and play.
“I decided to come here for a new challenge and to really try to push my rugby career on and I’m really happy – the last year has worked out even better than I could have expected. It has been a brilliant move for me.”
After running out in front of the supporters for the first time as a Tigers player in the European Challenge Cup a fortnight ago, Henderson is now looking forward to the chance on home turf at Mattioli Woods Welford Road this Saturday.
“Twickenham was almost like a home game, there were so many Tigers fans there,” he said.
“Now we’ve got the opportunity to run out in front of the fans at home. I’ve heard a lot about it, heard it is special, and I’m really looking forward to it.”