Finn Russell Pool A: Scotland to be feared if Russell and Hogg are at their best

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Scotland

Who are they

If a team is only as good as its last match then Scotland are to be feared following one of the greatest comebacks of all time. Trailing 31-0 at Twickenham they eventually drew the final Six Nations match 38-38, playing a brand of rugby that will cause problems for any side. If they beat Ireland in the first match then the quarter-finals await although they may lack a little power up front when facing the bigger teams.

Coach

Gregor Townsend is fiercely patriotic, relentless in his thirst for knowledge, and will draw down from disparate sources. He is meticulous and thorough in preparing his teams. And, yes, there is a script, a framework beneath the expansive playbook, the offloading and the high-octane tempo; it isn’t loosey-goosey but instead one built on more prosaic foundations.

Finn Russell Scotland boss Gregor Townsend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho
Scotland boss Gregor Townsend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Captain

John Barclay’s injury meant that scrumh

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