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Rugby Union: I can take a step up, says Euan.

EUAN Murray has played down concerns about his match fitness ahead of Scotland's Six Nations campaign. The 27-year-old expects the calf injury which has sidelined him for the last two weeks to have cleared up in time for Sunday's Murrayfield clash with France.

"The calf is good. It is only two weeks since I pulled it, but I've had really good physio treatment down in Northampton, and up in Scotland with Steven Mutch and Stuart Barton - so I've been looked after by some of the best physios around," he said. "I'll just see how it goes this week, but I expect to be available for selection."

A more pressing concern as far as Murray is concerned relates to his ability to take the giant step up in intensity from playing for Northampton in England's National League One to playing a full-blown international Test match against the Six Nations favourites.

the tighthead prop, who hopes to win his 16th cap, added: "It is going to be a big step-up. But there is a lot of emphasis on the set-piece in National One. It is a very forward-orientated game they play down there, and I think that should stand me in good stead. I think it would have been harder for me if I was playing on the wing, for example. We'll just have to see what my fitness is like come the Six Nations."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 30, 2008
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