Scotland debutant Grant Gilchrist has vowed to repay caretaker boss Scott Johnson with a top performance on his debut in Paris this weekend.
The 22-year-old Edinburgh lock will make his bow for the national team in Scotland's final clash of this year's Six Nations campaign when they face France on Saturday night.
He follows Duncan Weir, Rob Harley and Sean Maitland, who have all been handed their first start for Scotland by the Dark Blues' Australian interim head coach Johnson.
Now Gilchrist - one of two changes to the starting line-up that will face the French after he and Al Strokosch replaced Harley as well as the injured Richie Gray - has pledged to deliver on the promise that has earned him his jersey.
"It's a massive opportunity for me, something I have dreamt of since I was a kid, to play for Scotland. I just can't wait to get on with Saturday night," he said. "It's brilliant that Scott is willing to show faith in us young guys - but it is up to us now to deliver."
Gray misses out after sustaining a hamstring injury against Wales last Saturday and has been ruled out for as long as two months.
That lay-off has put into doubt his chances of joining up with the British and Irish Lions party that will tour Australia in the summer but Gilchrist insists he has no fears about deputising for one of the northern hemisphere's top forwards.
He said: "Richie is a world-class player but I don't really feel any extra pressure because it's his place I have taken.
"I do feel pressure to perform for my country and that wouldn't change, no matter who I was coming in for. It's a massive job and one I'm really looking forward to."
France could yet end the Six Nations bottom of the pile, while Scotland are aiming to record a first victory in the French capital since 1999 and hope results elsewhere help their bid for second place.
Gilchrist added: "It's a challenge for us - to go down in history as a team who won in Paris. The way the championship is going, we know France will be looking for a backlash after what has been a really disappointing campaign for them.
"But if we get a win it will end up being a really successful Six Nations for Scotland."
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