Logan gets his priorities right
February 2, 2000
Kenny Logan missed out on a champagne reception last week but hopes to be toasting a Scottish Six Nations triumph on Saturday.
The Scotland winger was supposed to be accompanying new coach Ian McGeechan to the launch of the Lloyds TSB Six Nations Championship in London last Thursday.
But instead of enjoying the corporate festivities, Logan was on the Wasps training ground, up to his ankles in mud trying to sort his goalkicking out.
It proved to be the right move as the capital club moved into the last eight of the Tetley's Bitter Cup with a narrow victory over Newcastle at Loftus Road.
And now Logan is looking to put the boot into Italy on their debut in Europe's showpiece competition.
"I didn't play well against Newcastle the week before and felt I wanted to stay and try and get things right," said the former Stirling County flyer, who is currently dating TV presenter Gabby Yorath.
"My performances at club level are very important to me.
"They are the ones who pay my salary and if I do not pull it off for them then I am not going to get picked for Scotland anyway.
"I have been struggling with a couple of injuries in my back and I wanted to get myself back again.
"There have been a couple of bad spells with my goalkicking but hopefully I will be fine on Saturday."
With Cammie Murray injured, Logan is a certain starter in Rome's Stadio Flaminio. He has enjoyed himself against Italy in the past, bagging 20 points in the 30-12 friendly victory at Murrayfield a year ago.
However, Saturday's tussle represents another chance to score for Scotland in a Championship fixture.
Even though he has crossed the whitewash 10 times for his country, the 27-year-old has yet to make his debut score in what used to be the Five Nations.
"As long as we win, I'm not bothered who scores," he said. "Obviously, it would be nice but it is not the main thing.
"Roger Baird played 40-odd times for Scotland and was brilliant most of the time, yet he never scored at all.
"As long as I keep kicking the goals, the rest of the team can score the tries."
Logan broke off training today to help publicise a new £20,000 sponsorship deal with Glasgow-based medical supplies company Wallace Cameron.
The company already have similar deals with Liverpool, Aston Villa, Leeds and Charlton football clubs but have branched out into the rugby world for the first time.
The deal has been welcomed by Scotland physio Martin Rennison, who believes the sponsorship has a dual benefit.
"Access to quality strapping and medical products will allow us to prevent and treat injuries to optimum levels," he said.
"Not only does this give us the best equipment, it also means that the money we would have spent can go into other areas, such as junior development."
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