Adam Ashe has not competed at Murrayfield since he was part of the Stirling County squad which won the National Youth Cup in 2009 in front of a crowd of 500.
On Saturday over 30,000 will be there to watch the 21-year-old Glasgow No 8 pick up his second cap for Vern Cotter’s side in the opening autumn Test against Argentina.
“The last time I played there I really enjoyed it, and we got a fantastic win,” Ashe said. “That was always the dream back in those days with County [to play for Scotland], so it’s fantastic to be in the position to do it now. Growing up, having the chance to play at Murrayfield at 17 was always a great driver to make sure I got back here one day.”
Ashe is one of 10 Glasgow players starting against the Pumas following the Scotstoun side’s impressive start to the season. But it will be a testing afternoon for Ashe and his back-row colleagues Rob Harley – also on Gregor Townsend’s books at Scotstoun – and London Irish’s New Zealand-born Blair Cowan.
With just 11 caps between them, the trio do not have much experience to fall back on but Ashe is confident. He said: “It’s brilliant to see a lot of the Glasgow boys here. We know how each other plays and that is always a bonus. I’ve got Rob beside me in the back row which is good as I have played with him a lot this season.
“Blair is in there too but I haven’t played too much with him so far. From what I have seen, though, he is a really good player. He has a fantastic skill set and is a pretty physical seven. I’m looking forward to linking up with those two guys.”
Scotland: S Hogg; S Maitland, M Bennett, A Dunbar, T Seymour, F Russell, G Laidlaw (Capt); A Dickinson, R Ford, E Murray, R Gray, J Gray, R Harley, B Cowan, A Ashe. Replacements: S Lawson, G Reid, G Cross, J Hamilton, A Strokosch, H Pyrgos, D Weir, S Lamont.Reuse content