Ross Rennie returns to the Edinburgh starting line-up tonight against Connacht at Murrayfield insisting even he didn’t realise how much rugby meant until dumped on the sidelines for another six months of injury rehab.
The 20-times capped flanker has overcome knee and now shoulder damage to launch another comeback.
And, following two stints of the bench, 27-year-old Rennie hopes he is back for good, saying: “What kept me going was my love of the club and the game; I really enjoy it.
“Rugby is a very privileged job (and) your body is the sacrifice, I suppose.
“The hunger for the game is definitely there.”
Meanwhile coach Alan Solomons says new signing Mike Coman has to wait until recovering from a foot injury before debuting.
• Scotland today made a sensational start to the annual Dubai Sevens when they came from 7-17 down at half-time to beat Australia 21-17. Edinburgh’s John Houston had a try and Colin Gregor the rest of the points.
Scotland now await Wales and Spain.