Scotland coach Frank Hadden is backing his side to compete at the very highest level of international rugby, ahead of the 2007 World Cup in France.
''The players have worked hard and we're all focused on the World Cup,'' he said to BBC Sport.
''I know we can compete with the best - there's every reason for us to be excited with the World Cup coming up.
''Rugby is very important in Scotland, so it's vital we do something special.''
Scotland finished third in the 2006 Six Nations tournament.
The Scots took wins over France and world champions England and played a brand of hard-hitting and expansive rugby.
''When we're successful it's really something to be proud of,'' added the Dundee-born coach.
''To be able to go and beat England when they have vastly superior resources was brilliant.
''We'll always be challenging the big guns as underdogs, and the players now have the confidence that comes with hard work and commitment.''