RORY Darge has described the possibility of representing Scotland for the first time as “a dream come true”.

The talented openside flanker was named in head coach Gregor Townsend’s 36-man two-day training camp, which took place earlier this week ahead of the Autumn Nations Series, then in the 42-man squad for the series on Wednesday.

Fans will pack BT Murrayfield Stadium for the first time in nearly 18 months to see Scotland take on Tonga, Australia, world champions South Africa and then Japan.

Darge said: “It is a childhood dream to represent Scotland.

“I have supported Scotland for a long time and watched them when I was a kid.

“I have supported them all my life pretty much and to be involved and to get a cap would be a dream come true.”

That dream almost came true earlier this year when the former Aberlady Primary School and North Berwick High School pupil was called up, alongside Gullane’s Callum Hunter-Hill, for the summer squad.

But scheduled contests with England A, Romania and Georgia all fell by the wayside due to fears surrounding coronavirus.

Darge had even been named in the Scotland team for the contest against England A before the game was cancelled.

He said: “The team got announced the day before the game and it was the day of the game it was called off.

“That was the A game so it was not a cap but I was really excited about the game because the England squad was really strong.

“I was looking forward to being involved with that and a first taste of international rugby from a senior point of view. I went from a real high, not to a devastating low because it was understandable it was off, but it was a shame we did not get to play.”

The Glasgow Warriors man has again caught the eye after man-of-the-match performances in the opening rounds of the United Rugby Championship campaign.

Darge, from Aberlady, spoke to Courier Sport on Tuesday afternoon and was counting down to tonight's (Friday) clash with Leinster before attention could turn to Scotland.

Scotland face Tonga on October 30 before hosting Australia on November 7.

World champions South Africa visit on November 13 before Japan wrap up the Autumn series on November 20.

Darge, 21, said: “I have been in Murrayfield when the whole stadium is full.

“It is a really good atmosphere and something that would be an honour to be involved with; to play in front of that crowd would just be a dream come true.

“Hopefully, I get that opportunity but there is really tough competition in the back row.”