Dougie Fife is hoping success in Europe with Edinburgh Rugby will lead him back into the Scotland reckoning.
Out of action since damaging a knee in the opening league victory over Munster four weeks ago, the three-times capped Fife is targeting a Euro return. The Capital outfit tackle Newport Gwent Dragons at home in the Guinness PRO12 on Saturday after which attention turns to Europe and a trip to Bordeaux-Begles seven days later in the second-tier Challenge event.
“I [side] stepped and felt something go,” said Fife, who has been badly missed as Edinburgh have had to improvise with selections out wide in the three quarter-line at a time when fellow cap Tom Brown and up-and-coming Jamie Farndale are also sidelined.
He added: “I had tests for ligament damage and nothing came up, but the next day my knee was pretty massive.
“I want to get back fit because last season is a hard act to follow and I need to build on getting my caps. The first cap, where I fulfilled the goal I had as a kid, was an unbelievable experience as was the whole build up. But once you are capped you want to quickly rid yourself of the one cap wonder thing and I was glad when the summer tour came along and I got a chance against Argentina and South Africa.
“If you don’t play for your club, though, you can’t expect to step up into the international reckoning. I need to get back to where I was as quickly as possible and that means turning out for Edinburgh.”
Meanwhile, former Edinburgh scrum half Richie Rees is warning his old side that Dragons are not heading to Murrayfield to roll over in claiming better times are round the corner for a team which, just like Edinburgh, has won just once in five outings.
“As soon as we go through the phases, which we did in the last 20 minutes against the Scarlets, we look dangerous,” said Rees, who scored a consolation try from a driving lineout last weekend.
“We have had an extreme injury list, but we’ve just got to stick together.”