Finn Russell Scotland v Georgia: World Cup picture will be clearer after final warm-up Test

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Finn Russell Jonny Gray makes his first appearance of the summer against Georgia at Murrayfield

Jonny Gray makes his first appearance of the summer against Georgia at Murrayfield
Rugby World Cup 2019 warm-up Test: Scotland v Georgia
Venue:MurrayfieldDate:Friday, 6 SeptemberKick-off:19:30 BST
Coverage:Live commentary on BBC Radio Scotland & BBC Sport Scotland website

Gregor Townsend will have two main goals ahead of Scotland’s fourth and final World Cup warm-up match against Georgia at Murrayfield on Friday.

Given the ease with which the Scots put the hosts away in Tbilisi last weekend, there will be no great fears about heading to Japan on Monday on the back of a major upset in front of their own people. So the focus will be continuing the steady improvement in performance that has followed the false start in Nice.

Secondly, but no less importantly, Townsend will be desperate to come through this final match before the tournament with a clean bill of health. The loss of Sam Skinner with a hamstring injury picked up in the home victory over France was a savage blow. Other than that, the Scots have been largely unaffected by significant injuries, especially when you consider the calibre of players that Wales have been shorn of before the tournament.

Having settled on his 31 for the World Cup, Townsend has taken precautions with many of his key men. There is little sense in risking the likes of Stuart Hogg, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw, Hamish Watson, John Barclay and Stuart McInally against a team Scotland should beat with plenty to spare, so none of them feature in this return fixture.

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