THE stakes couldn’t be higher but Darcy Graham – who has replaced Tommy Seymour in Scotland's starting XV – says he is not feeling the least bit on edge about tomorrow night’s win-or-bust World Cup clash against Samoa.

The winger – who has scored five tries in eight appearances for Scotland, including an excellent brace in Scotland’s famous draw against England at the end of last season’s Six Nations – says the bigger the match the more excited he becomes.

“I just go out and do my own thing, I don’t really feel any pressure,” said the 22-year-old, who will be teaming up with fellow Hawick man Stuart Hogg in Scotland’s back three. “The boys have really welcomed me into the squad and I just want to get out there now.

“I always try and bring energy and excitement, that’s what I am all about, I guess. I want to get on the ball and do what I do. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I know there will be a lot of people looking towards me, but I don’t feel any added pressure.

“I want to run into space and run hard. When I get on the ball it’s huge for me, especially if I get on the ball early and get that good first carry.

“I know it’s do-or-die against Samoa but I’m not worried. We have to play our best, there is a bit of pressure there but for me it’s more excitement.

“Some boys do get really nervous, but I’m usually pretty chilled, I’ve always been like that. I take things in my stride.

“I know the Samoans are going to come hard but I’m looking forward to using my footwork. It’s almost letting them beat themselves. Boys will come flying out the line and it doesn’t take much to shift from one foot on to the other and be clear in space. That’s what I’m looking forward to most.”