Finn Russell ‘Only our best performance will do’ – Gregor Townsend names experienced Scotland side for Ireland showdown

Finn Russell ‘Only our best performance will do’ – Gregor Townsend names experienced Scotland side for Ireland showdown

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Finn Russell Stuart Hogg during the Scotland captain's run ahead of their opening Pool A game against Ireland at the International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Stuart Hogg during the Scotland captain’s run ahead of their opening Pool A game against Ireland at the International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Gregor Townsend has opted to name an experienced line-up ahead of Scotland’s World Cup opener with Ireland.

Skipper Stuart McInally will lead out a team boasting 630 caps for the Pool A clash at Yokohama’s International Stadium.

Townsend, said: “We’ve had a really productive week’s preparation in Nagasaki ahead of our arrival in Tokyo, with our players adapting to the time zone and weather conditions out here in Japan.

“As we’ve got closer to the game our training has been more about fine-tuning the hard work that’s gone in over pre-season into a focus for Sunday’s game.

“Our team has a lot of experience playing together in major games for Scotland, with a bench capable of making a difference when required. That cohesion, experience and leadership is very valuable in a build-up to a match of this magnitude as well as during the 80 minutes on Sunday.”

Exeter full-back Stuart Hogg and Saracens wing Sean Maitland return to the back-three after missing this month’s final warm-up Test aga

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