A beaming Cameron Redpath reflected on a dream come true after a superb debut performance helped Scotland to Calcutta Cup glory at Twickenham.
The 21-year-old was one of several eye-catching performers in the visiting side and put in a nerveless display at inside centre, immediately looking as though he belonged at international level.
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Redpath made 52 metres from his five carries and was rock solid in defence, making five tackles and winning a vital turnover in the 11-6 triumph.
As the son of former Scotland captain Bryan Redpath, the Bath star has grown up witnessing Test rugby and is now relishing the opportunity to make his mark on the field.
“I feel like a kid – it has been my dream to play international rugby since the age of three, when I was in Australia watching my dad,” he told ITV Sport.
“I wasn’t even nervous as it’s my dream. You can’t get nervous about a dream. I was just buzzing and wanted to play rugby, so it was good.”
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Redpath provided an effective foil for the creative talents of Finn Russell at Twickenham, with plenty of signs the pair could go on to form an exciting 10/12 axis for Gregor Townsend’s side.
The debutant hailed his more experienced teammate for helping him settle into the contest and hopes for many more chances to play alongside the fly-half.
“We were all pretty relaxed,” he said. “To come into a new environment and have people like Finn inside you at 10 – he is so relaxed and it makes my job as a 12 so easy.
“Because he’s such a talented player, I just go on his shoulder every time and there’s an option. He puts me through holes and gives me the chances.”
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Redpath’s debut arriving amid current lockdown restrictions meant his proud family were watching on from home but that didn’t stop them being able to share a memorable moment.
“We had him (Bryan Redpath) on the Zoom call when I was getting my cap and I think he was pretty buzzing – but I couldn’t hear him with all the noise going on in there!” he added.
“I’ll give him a bell now and I’m sure he and the whole family will be buzzing, which makes it even better.
“I just love playing rugby. I said in the build-up that since I’ve been at Bath, I’ve been loving my rugby, and today was really good. It’s a day to remember.”
Scotland will look to make it two wins from two next Saturday when Wales visit BT Murrayfield.
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