Blade Thomson: 'I'd be lying if I said hadn't thought of Scotland'

Blade Thomson has impressed for Scarlets this season
Thomson was man-of-the-match in Scarlets' weekend win over Benetton

New Zealand-born forward Blade Thomson is open to a future with Scotland but is concentrating on settling in at new club Scarlets.

The 27-year-old qualifies for Gregor Townsend's squad through his Scottish grandparents.

Thomson has won four caps for the Maori All Blacks and is a former New Zealand Under-20 international.

"I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought about it," he told Scrum V when asked about his Scottish connection.

"But, to be honest, this [Scarlets] is my job first and foremost.

"If it happens, it happens. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it, I suppose."

Thomson, who played for Super Rugby franchise the Hurricanes, can operate at lock, blind-side flanker and number eight and has started all three Pro14 matches for Scarlets this season.

The Welsh side are third in Conference B after two wins and one defeat.

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