I was leaving the house for Pro 12 match .. a phone call later I was in the World Cup; RUGBY PROP AIMS FOR TOP Rory's brief taste of the big time has left him hungry for more in the Six Nations.
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RORY SUTHERLAND hopes to use his late World Cup call-up as a springboard to the Six Nations.
The rookie prop answered Scotland head coach Vern Cotter's SOS just 30 minutes before he was due to leave his house to play for Edinburgh last weekend.
And instead of squaring up to Ulster in the Pro12 at Murrayfield, he was jetting to London as standby front-row cover for the fateful quarter-final defeat by the Wallabies.
Now the 23-year-old, who is preparing for the Gunners' tussle with Zebre in Italy, is out to prove he is good enough to rise up the Scotland pecking order - with the Six Nations opener against England less than four months away.
Sutherland said: "I was just getting ready to head to Murrayfield last Friday when the phone call came out of the blue from Scotland team manager Gav Scott.
"Ryan Grant had been ruled out with an injury and I was the man they wanted as cover.
"The chat with Gav just sent my mind into a whirl and I paced the floors of the house for about 15 minutes, taking it all in.
"I was totally flabbergasted. The coach journey with the squad to Twickenham was amazing.
"Even a mile from the stadium the atmosphere was incredible and so many thousands of fans were cheering and waving. It was even more intense during the walk-in at the ground.
"When the match began I couldn't even hear myself shout. Even though I didn't play, the experience has given me so much confidence and hunger.
"A little taste gives you a craving and it is great to know that I'm at least on the edge of Vern's thoughts."
Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons is unlikely to recall many of his World Cup stars for Saturday's match in Parma, preferring to give them another week's rest. But Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, who didn't feature much for the Scots, is set to be included in his line-up.
Crosswell banned for bunch of fives DRAGONS' lock Nick Crosswell has been banned for three weeks for his assault on stand-in Glasgow skipper Rob Harley.
Disciplinary chiefs imposed the suspension after Crosswell admitted to aiming a volley of five punches at Harley during Glasgow's win at Scotstoun last weekend.
The officials missed the clash but the Newport Gwent star was reported by the citing officer.
A Pro12 spokesman said: "Five punches were thrown with at least two of them connecting."
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