Finn Russell Rugby World Cup 2019: Greig Laidlaw captain for Japan clash as Scotland make 12 changes

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Greig Laidlaw has been named as captain of the Scotland Rugby side to face Japan Rugby, with Stuart McInally only on the bench.

The match is in doubt with Typhoon Hagibis threatening Yokohama on Sunday.

But both sides have named their line-ups for the clash, which could decide who progresses from Pool A.

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Gregor Townsend makes 12 changes to the side that beat Russia, with wings Darcy Graham and Tommy Seymour retaining their places, and Fraser Brown moving from flanker to his regular position of hooker, starting ahead of captain McInally.

Allan Dell and WP Nel start at prop, while Grant Gilchrist and Jonny Gray return in the second row.

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Blade Thomson gets the nod at number eight, with Jamie Ritchie and Magnus Bradbury on the flanks.

Laidlaw combines with Finn Russell in the halves for a Scottish record 36th time, while Chris Harris is selected ahead of Duncan Taylor at outside centre, with Sam Johnson returning to the 12 jersey.

Stuart Hogg completes the back three at full-back. There is no place in the 23 for Adam Hastings despite the Glasgow fly-half starring last time out against Russia.

“It’s taken a real squad effort from our players here in Japan to put us in a position to play for a place in the quarter-finals, having risen to the challenge of what’s effectively been knockout rugby since the second round

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