YESTERDAY it was confirmed that Warriors lock James Scott has joined Pro 14 side Glasgow Warriors on a six week loan.

Scott went straight into Glasgow’s squad as a replacement for Friday’s Guinness Pro-14 match against Ulster at Scotstoun.

The 21-year-old signed his first full contract with Warriors last summer having graduated from the Three Pears Academy and has made nine first team appearances so far but as of yet, none in the 2020/21 campaign.

Speaking to Worcester News last month, Scott explained how much of an impact Covid has had in the last 12 months, at a time where he was just transitioning from the academy to the senior set-up.

“It was the worst time it could have happened,” said Scott.

“Before Covid I had been training hard and being rewarded with game time and in my first year I was able to go and play with Luctonians on loan and played nine or ten games there and then in the last two years I have been at Hartpury and playing a lot of Championship games.

"That was majorly beneficial because you can review training all you like but it has nothing on game minutes.

“So this year it’s been a real blow because all rugby other then the Prem has stopped and the Championship has been pushed all the way back to March, meaning players like me haven’t been able to continue developing our game.

“It’s not only young players that have been hit by that, a lot of the senior lads that are on the fringes can’t go out and play so it’s hard for them as well. It makes it very difficult to go into the coaches office and say, ‘I think I deserve to play’ when you’re not playing any games.

“The opportunity just hasn’t been there, it’s been very limited.”

In any other season, Scott would be out playing elsewhere on loan or with the Worcester Cavaliers but it’s been a unique last 12-months and an incredibly frustrating one with him playing not a single minute of rugby.

The former England under 20 international was an unused substitute in the European Challenge Cup squad for the trip to Pau in December, in what was his only selection for a match day 23 this season.

“I had meetings with all the coaches the week after the Pau game just to try and figure out why I didn’t come off the bench and why I haven’t been able to have a shout in any other games so far," he added.

"The coaches said that training consistently well is the key and they actually said that my best training day was when I was irritated about not being selected and that I need to show more of that.

"You train as hard as you can every week and then it comes to the start of the week and you always have a glimmer of hope that maybe this is your chance and then they announce the squad and you’re sat there thinking ‘s*** I’m not in the team again’.

"But in every squad you can have your moment of head loss and then your focus has to be on the game and you have to switch your mentality to learn why you weren’t selected.

"That's how you have to see it."