Sean Lamont will get a chance to add to his 104 caps at the age of 35 after being recalled to the Scotland squad to tour Japan next month.
The Glasgow Warriors wing recently signed a one-year contract extension to stay with the Guinness PRO12 champions but was originally left out of the reduced 27-strong party to go to Japan and play two tests in Toyota City (June 18) and Tokyo (June 25).
However Harlequins wing Tim Visser has been advised to rest a knee injury he sustained in last week’s European Challenge Cup Final and head coach Vern Cotter has recalled Lamont.
The head coach said that telling Lamont he originally wasn’t touring had been “a tough discussion” but said that the veteran wing had made himself available. “He’s a professional and he’ll be ready when the call comes,” Cotter added.
Lamont is now only five short of Chris Paterson’s Scottish cap record of 109 and has always said that he will never retire – “they’ll just stop picking me but I’ll always be available,” he has said.
The Scotland squad will convene at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Monday 6 June for a short camp before their departure for Tokyo the following Saturday (11 June).
Both test matches against Japan – who Scotland defeated during last year’s Rugby World Cup – will be shown live on BBC.