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Blair eager to haul Scots off bottom

Mike Blair has insisted the Six Nations table does not lie as Scotland make one last attempt to pull themselves off the bottom.

Co-captain Blair has recovered from concussion to take his place on the bench for Saturday's game against Ireland and he admits his country deserve to be in last spot.

"We were incredibly close to winning in Wales, which we should have done, Italy ended up being 50-50 near the end -- we could have won that -- and the same with England (last weekend). The table doesn't lie. But we've shown a lot in the championship to make us confident enough going into the game against Ireland."

Scotland cannot afford to lose what will be the final ever Test at Croke Park if they are to avoid the wooden spoon.

"It's a great story that it's the last game at Croke Park and that it's a Triple Crown, but I don't think they're going to be trying any harder than they would in any other international," added Blair.

Blair, who has won 61 caps, is hoping to play some part in proceedings having endured an injury-hit season at Test level, first with an ankle injury, which blighted his autumn international campaign, and then a head knock ruled him out of last weekend's Calcutta Cup draw with England.

"It's been a really frustrating season for me," said Blair.

"I've been involved in a lot of the training (since) so it's important I have an input into that."

Blair's enforced absences have meant he has been able to witness first-hand the full force of head coach Andy Robinson on matchday. Injured for the Six Nations opener against France, Blair sat in the Murrayfield coaching box alongside Robinson.

He said: "You've got to be careful what objects you put in front of him as well because he's prone to the double-fist slam -- drinks and biscuits go flying off the table.

"Andy's an incredibly astute coach and it's really interesting being in the box with him.

"I think it can help me once I get onto the pitch."