2019 Rugby World Cup – Ireland vs Scotland Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Ireland vs Scotland taking place? Sunday 22nd September, 2019 – 08:45 (UK)

Where is Ireland vs Scotland taking place? International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama City

What is the expected weather for Ireland vs Scotland? 26c with some cloudy skies but the rain is expected to stay away

What television channel is Ireland vs Scotland on in the UK? This match will be televised live on ITV 1

Where can I stream Ireland vs Scotland? This match can be streamed via ITV Hub

Where can I get tickets for Ireland vs Scotland? https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Scotland 13-22 Ireland

THE TEAM NEWS

IRELAND

  • Ireland come into this Rugby World Cup as the best ranked team in the world and will look to do that position justice as they attempt to top their best finish at a RWC at the very least in Japan.
  • The Irish are six-time quarter-finalists but have never been beyond that stage and that will surely be the target for them this time around with them possessing a squad that is capable of challenging the best.
  • They showed that in November last year when defeating New Zealand but if they are to make the latter stages of the competition, the half-back pairing of Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton will be vital to their country’s chances.

SCOTLAND

  • Scotland will have ambitions of making the semi-finals of this year’s Rugby World Cup and if they can manage that, it would equal their previous best finish when they made the final four back in 1991.
  • The Scots have shown glimpses of developing into a good side over the last year and a win over France in one of their warm-up games will give them confidence, as will their amazing effort to pick up a draw against England in the Six Nations.
  • Greg Laidlaw will be the key man for the Scots as ever but Stuart Hogg will also have a big role to play for Gregor Townsend’s men who will have to find some consistency if they are to enjoy a successful tournament.

THE PREDICTION

Ireland picked up back-to-back wins over Wales in their warm-up matches and those results propelled them to the top of the world rankings. It is the first time they have ever reached the position and should give them a huge confidence boost heading into this World Cup. They have shown that they can beat the best over recent years but face a tricky opening contest against an improving Scotland side. It is likely to be a tight game for large spells but the Irish quality should tell in the end.

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