World Cup - Kellock not thinking of 2007 absence

Tue, 02 Aug 09:05:00 2011

Scotland lock Alastair Kellock is not dwelling on his absence from the 2007 World Cup as he bids to cement his place in this September's tournament.

World Cup - Kellock focused on 2011

The Glasgow player is part of Andy Robinson's 39-man preliminary squad and will be keen to avoid a repeat of his experience four years ago, when he dropped out at the same stage.

But he told Press Association Sport: "The last one doesn't really enter my head. It's all about this one, trying to make sure I play well enough to get there and get selected."

He added: "And then if I do, to make sure I do myself and the team justice with my performances.

"I can't control what went on four years ago. I moved on pretty quickly from it and I think that helped."

Kellock was one of five Scotland players sidelined from club rugby by head coach Robinson in March, in order to ensure their fitness for the World Cup.

Kellock and the others - Richie Gray, John Barclay, Ross Ford and Allan Jacobsen - have all been told they will face Ireland at Murrayfield on Saturday in the first of two warm-up games ahead of the New Zealand tournament, with Robinson due to name his team today.

The Glasgow forward missed the first half of last season following knee surgery but returned to captain Scotland during the RBS 6 Nations, and he feels in fine fettle ahead of the international.

"I'm feeling good and we've had seven weeks of a pre-season," he said.

"We have worked really hard, been pushed hard and everybody is driving each other on."

PA Sport

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