2019 Rugby World Cup – Scotland vs Russia Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Scotland vs Russia taking place? Wednesday 9th October, 2019 – 08:15 (UK)

Where is Scotland vs Russia taking place? Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka Prefecture

What is the expected weather for Scotland vs Russia? 16c in clear skies

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

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

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

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THE TEAM NEWS

SCOTLAND

  • Scotland responded in the best way possible to their defeat against Ireland by beating Samoa without conceding a single point and will be aiming to repeat that feat in this clash against Russia.
  • The Scots have a four-day turnaround after this game before their huge clash with Japan and, as expected, they have decided to heavily rotate here with 14 changes made from the win over Samoa, with just Darcy Graham retained in the side.
  • John Barclay has been named as captain in the back-row whilst hooker George Turner, second-row Ben Toolis, centre Peter Horne and fullback Blair Kinghorn will appear for the first time at the tournament.

RUSSIA

  • Russia's struggles at the RWC continued as they put in another toothless attacking display which allowed Ireland to nil them and they now have one final chance to try and salvage some pride from the tournament.
  • With just one try from their three games so far, Russia have decided to tinker with their side to try and find more joy with ball-in-hand with nine changes made from the defeat against Ireland.
  • The only two players to score points for Russia so far will not start with fly-half Yury Kushnarev named among the replacements whilst Kirill Golosnitskiy is out of the 23 altogether after picking up an injury against Ireland.

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THE PREDICTION

Scotland will want to put in another solid display as they build towards their crucial game with Japan. The Scots have made big changes in order to keep players fresh for that game but will still need to pick up a bonus-point win here. They should be able to do that against a lacklustre Russian side who have only managed to score a solitary try in the competition so far and Scotland can take their attempt to progress to the quarter-finals to the last round of pool matches.

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