The Edinburgh Rugby front-rower’s 4-12 months wait for a return to the international level was ended whilst he confronted eire on the Aviva Stadium in round One.
It changed into the identical aspect Sutherland made his debut towards in March 2016. Greater caps followed that year earlier than his profession changed into derailed by a severe groin damage which ruled him out for 14 months.
Sutherland admitted he become in a darkish region as he had to discover ways to walk again at some point of his long avenue to healing.
“Wondering returned to that time it was tough,” Sutherland instructed the Scottish Rugby Podcast.
“After the primary operation failed, I went domestic and the doctor stated to give this the high-quality danger (of recuperation) you have got were given to do nothing for 3 months.
“Then I went into my rehabilitation level and that changed into mastering how to stroll and run again.
“It changed into definitely difficult and that complete transition from whilst it befell to stepping foot on the field once more become a 14-month duration.”
Sutherland slipped down the pecking order at Edinburgh but soon gained over head train Richard Cockerill before his performances in the Guinness PRO14 earned a do not forget to the Scotland set-up.
The 27-year-vintage has started in Scotland’s first 3 matches of this 12 months’s Championship and is loving each minute of it.
“On a non-public level being again at worldwide stage has given me lots of confidence and notion that i’m able to really do it once more,” Sutherland stated.
“Having four years out was actually hard.
“To make that leap forward while i was 23 it become a dream.
“To then have that taken faraway from me after those 3 caps become very tough to take so being again right here now could be very unique and i’m enjoying it.”
Scotland bounced lower back from their defeats to ireland and England in the opening two rounds with a 17-0 victory over Italy in Rome.
Gregor Townsend’s facet at the moment are gearing up to stand leaders France on Sunday, March 8th and Sutherland is calling ahead to check himself towards the traffic’ effective p.c. at BT Murrayfield.
“Each week has been a brand new mission and France might be one among our biggest up front,” Sutherland stated.
“However for me it’s pretty much backing up my performances and making sure I do my activity for but lengthy I am at the park.”