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Finn Russell Schmidt: ‘We’ve been planning this or a long time’

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Joe Schmidt says he is confident that Ireland will be “tough to beat” with just two days to go until their opening World Cup clash against Scotland.

Yokohama hosts the Pool A clash on Sunday morning (8.45am) and after naming a team without Rob Kearney or Keith Earls, Schmidt was quick to turn his attention towards the Scots and predicated a close contest.

“You’ve got to hope [that we are yet to peak], I can’t guarantee anything. In 48 hours’ time we’ll have a better idea,” he said.

“We’ll be just arriving at the stadium and getting ready to warm up.

“I’ll be anxious because you never quite know [how it will go].

“One thing that I would be confident of is that we will be tough to beat.

“You’ll see a collective effort and that effort will make us tough to beat.

“I’ve no doubts the Scots are working away and going to make sure that they’ll be something similar.

“I don’t think there’s a huge amount between the teams so whoever does get the bounce of the ball or can be that little bit more efficient than the other may just tip the balance.”

Asked about which team would fare better should the game be played in very wet conditions, Schmidt said: “It’s interest

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