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Ruaridh Jackson dismisses Strachan 'genetics' claims

The Glasgow Warriors fly-half pointed to plenty of sporting success on the world stage.

Glasgow Warriors and Scotland player Ruaridh Jackson cannot understand Gordon Strachan's comments about Scottish sportspeople being genetically inferior to others.

In the wake of the 2-2 draw with Slovenia that ended the national football team's hopes of reaching the World Cup, Scotland manager Strachan said: "genetically, we need to do more".

He also bemoaned a study that had shown Scottish having the second smallest squad in Europe.

Jackson, who has 31 Scotland rugby caps, said he did not see any inferiority in his own sport.

"I don't think so," he said. "In terms of rugby we're as big and physical as others.

"I think maybe the Southern Hemisphere guys, the Maoris and islanders put on a bit of muscle mass a bit easier than us but when it comes to it there's no massive difference.

"I certainly don't think when it comes to football we're genetically inferior. Maybe we just need to work on our skills a wee bit."

Jackson added: "I don't want to cast shadow over the Scottish footballer. I just think you're dealt with what you're dealt with and you crack on and want to improve."

The 29-year old cited examples of world class Scottish athletes in other sports and said physicality was only one aspect of most games. 

Jackson said it was up to sportspeople to make the most of wherever their strengths lay.

"Everyone's got different strengths whether it's size, speed, speed of thought or skills," he said. 

"That's what you've got to play to. I think it's a bit of a crazy spiel that he gave but that's just my opinion.

"Scotland have shown on numerous occasions that we've got world-class athletes whether that's in cycling, swimming, rugby, hockey." 

He added: "We've won medals and done things at major competitions. We've had incredible superstars like Chris Hoy and Andy Murray.

"I don't think we can get caught up on genetics being an issue."

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