Rugby World Cup 2019: Ben Toolis eager to belatedly grab Scotland chance

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By Tom English
BBC Scotland in Japan
You didnt have to have Jim Taggarts powers to understand Ben Toolis World Cup has felt as murder into the second-row that is big. It was there in his face and his big head.
Toolis is one of five gamers that have yet to observe the action in Japan of that a minute – Pete Horne George Turner, Blair Kinghorn and Henry Pyrgos being the others. All five will enter the fray if Scotland play Russia in Shizuoka on obviously and Wednesday Toolis feels that the opportunity is drunk.
If Im being honest, it has been very annoying, he said on Saturday in Kobe. For the previous few years that the most important goal is to get into a World Cup. You put in the work that is hard, you play well, but theres a great deal of competition from the second-row. That is sport in the days close and boys will miss out.
I dont believe my efficiency levels have diminished. I really feel like I have played consistently well. I can be quite hard on myself when I know Ive been performing. I have had stages in my career in which I have not been playing well and you need to be honest with yourself. This time I dont feel like I have had a dip in form.
You must be a great team mate at the stage and make sure everybody else has prepared nicely. You have to try and help the staff get a result and that is what I have been attempting to perform, although its tough. Hopefully I could get my chance on Wednesday.
Toolis came as third option second-row behind Jonny Gray and Grant Gilchrist however he has dropped a place in the pecking order after the elevation of Scott Cummings, who has appeared off the seat in both of the matches of Scotland so far.
That was a thing of a surprise given that Toolis played in four of the five games at the Six Nations starting from Italy and England – he and 80 minutes played with with at Twickenham – and – also featured in three of those four warm-up games. Toolis played along with everybody else and began against France, but he bounced back and played in the win against Georgia in Tbilisi scoring a try into the deal.
Toolis is a difficult player, however Cummings provides something different. A bit more dynamism with ball in your hands , A bit more footwork, a carrying. The man is still on a mission, however.
Ive been playing nicely, Gregor (Townsend) only needed something besides the seat. Jonny and grant are playing really well. You take confidence that the next rows are good players. It is demanding, but thats life.
You can get feedback from the coaches, but its not been anything Ive done wrong. They have just been rewarding boys. With what I have been performing, I havent been disappointed. I have been doing the exact same. I feel as though Im at the top of my game and I want to be sure Im not overly hard on myself like something I have not done wrong
His views were not delivered in rant style – Toolis is a individual – but that there was. Townsend now seems to possess a fired-up participant having a steely concentrate on showing what he is made of. Thats no bad thing Russia becoming a group of fired-up players on revealing what theyre made from with a steely concentrate, for the Russia match. They wont deny Scotland a winning bonus point but on current form they are likely to make the Scots work hard to get it.
Toolis has been pretty much a mainstay 23 for a lot of the last few years and has 21 caps. In addition to playing in three warm-up matches and four Six Nations games, he had been included in two of the four November internationals and all three of those matches in last years summer tour in Canada, USA and Argentina.
He said that he has to remain optimistic , although the demotion has rankled with him. I understand that things can change very quickly. You see boys playing for other countries and when they get back in the team they are outstanding. If you are negative the time you wouldnt be prepared to go back into there. You only have to stay as positive as you can. Ill keep doing what I am doing.
Its something thats a psychological skill. Do and you want to play professional rugby as you develop. You think a few decades back, if you had been in this place youd be entirely stoked, but as you get more and longer you want to have more and more
His luck will come in a much-changed Scotland side. Toolis is very likely to begin with the player who has usurped him Cummings, from the squad. Its likely that Townsend will make 14 changes to your Russia game with Darcy Graham appearing to be the one from the framework after starting against Samoa to proceed.
Many frontliners even given a rest entirely, having an eye on the game with Japan, or will be held in reserve.
You will need to take every chance and thats the way its, said Toolis. You see all around the world – players perhaps have missed and come right back in and have had a terrific game. You see these boys becoming man of the match awards and you will need to use that as fuel.
Toolis isnt currently lacking .
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