Sam Johnson is relishing the competition for places among Scotland’s centres during this year’s Guinness Six Nations.
Johnson has been an ever-present at inside centre in his side’s opening three matches and was partnered by Chris Harris for the Round 3 win in Italy.
Harris scored in Scotland’s 17-0 win having replaced Huw Jones, who started against Ireland and England in the first two rounds.
“Chris [Harris] is a really good player and a really good person, who I’ve enjoyed playing with,” Johnson said.
“It was unfortunate to see him [Huw Jones] not playing at the weekend but I thought Chris took his opportunity really well with a good try and was defensively really solid with a few turnovers.”
Scotland welcome France to BT Murrayfield on Sunday looking to become the first side to defeat Les Bleus in this year’s Championship.
“[The mood in camp is] good; I think it’s definitely the best environment that I’ve been in during my time with Scotland,” Johnson said.
“We’re not far, we’re turning a page to plan some good rugby and get some good results, so we’ll prepare for France this week and next week and see how we go.”
Scotland have won the last three meetings between the sides at BT Murrayfield, including Guinness Six Nations victories in 2016 and 2018.
Johnson was in no mood to be complacent, however, and praised the way the visitors have played in the Championship to date.
“They’re a good young side and have good coaching staff that bring out the best out of their attributes,” he said.
“They’re playing really good rugby at the moment, so they’re coming out all guns blazing.
“I’m not really surprised by it [how well they’re playing].
“It doesn’t take much to switch things around, they’re on a good spell of form and they’re full of confidence.”