Finn Russell Townsend banks on experience as Scots seek to down Ireland

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Scotland coach Gregor Townsend hopes the greater experience of his side will smooth its path to victory, after naming a starting XV with a combined 630 caps for Scotland’s Rugby World Cup Pool A opener against Ireland in Yokohama on Sunday.

Coach Townsend believes that know-how against a familiar opponent will give his side an edge as he recalled 10 players to his run-on side from the team that defeated Georgia 36-9 last time out, including the key half-back pairing of Greig Laidlaw and flyhalf Finn Russell.

“Our team has a lot of experience playing together in major games for Scotland, with a bench capable of making a d

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