Jim Thompson may be the only rookie in Scotland's summer touring party - but the Edinburgh full-back insists he could hold the secret to Argentina's downfall next month.
The 25-year-old grandson of late rugby commentator Bill McLaren and cousin of Scotland international Rory Lawson was the only uncapped player named in Andy Robinson’s 27-man squad for the two test series against the Pumas.
But Thompson is already familiar with the Argentines after making his Scotland A debut against the Jaguars and frequently locking horns with the men from South America on the sevens circuit.
And after making the step up to the senior circuit, the former Heriot’s man claimed there would be few surprises in store for him should he make the starting XV in Tucuman on June 12.
“I know what they’re like, how physical they are and so on and the boys played them in the autumn, so they know what to expect as well,” he said.
“I got the news in the morning, I was in the gym training when the text message came through. I was delighted.
“It’s good being involved in the Scotland set-up and being involved in the A team but when you’ve got nine A caps, you start to think about when you’re going to make the next step.
“Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to do that in Argentina. We’ll have to wait and see.”