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Swinson's hoping for Jim's help.

SCOTLAND lock Tim Swinson insists he will have no problem handling the nerves of his first RBS 6 Nations start so long as he has second-row partner Jim Hamilton beside him.

The 26-year-old Glasgow forward has three caps to his name but will make his Championships bow when the Scots run out in Dublin to face Ireland on Sunday.

Swinson admits he struggled to control the butterflies in his stomach during his first few outings as a Dark Blues international.

But he claims the calming influence of Montpellier's 50-cap lineout specialist Hamilton stopped the occasion getting the better of him.

"I've got better with the nerves," he said. "Everybody gets it before games. It helps when you have got players around you who have been there before.

"I had Jim Hamilton beside me in the second row when I won my first cap and it was great to have him there. Hopefully it will be the same on Sunday.

"I've also tried to take a lead from Al Kellock as well. He's been a huge influence on me over my last year and a half at Glasgow. He has helped me and Johnnie Gray and a few other second rows coming through. He leads by example."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 31, 2014
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