Finn Russell Georgia v Scotland: Formidable pack awaits Gregor Townsend’s visitors

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Finn Russell Montpellier loosehead Mikheil Nariashvili stars for Georgia

Montpellier’s Mikheil Nariashvili brings plenty of power to the Georgia front row
Rugby World Cup 2019 warm-up Test: Georgia v Scotland
Venue:Dinamo Arena, TbilisiDate:Saturday, 31 AugustKick-off:17:00 BST
Coverage:Live commentary on BBC Radio Scotland & BBC Sport Scotland website

The Calamity in Cardiff, the Horror of Houston, the Nightmare in Nice – the lowlights reel of Scotland’s travails away from the warm bosom of Murrayfield is long and downright ugly.

Skelped in Suva, trounced at Twickenham in 2017 – there was no miracle comeback that day – the list goes on and the secret to curing their away-day struggles seems no closer to discovery.

It must be said that this inability to produce anything remotely resembling top form away from home is not exclusive to Gregor Townsend or the current crop of players. The thing is, though, the current crop of players are the best Scotland have been able to call upon in a long time.

And there is evidence, when they get things right, they can be a force away from home. The stunning win in Sydney over Australia in Townsend’s second game in charge. An impressive dismantling of Argentina in Resistencia. The fight-back of all fight-backs at Twickenham in March.

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Those moments are bright spots in an otherwise bleak pict

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