A team always improving, Scotland face a huge match against Ireland in their World Cup opener.

Scotland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

They have taken big steps in the last few seasons, but defeat in their 2019 Rugby World Cup opener against Ireland could propel them towards second spot in Pool A and a likely knockout tie with New Zealand.

How They Qualified

Scotland were one of the 12 automatic qualifiers for the 2019 tournament.

Key Players

If Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg are the trapeze artists, Greig Laidlaw is the safety net. The adventurous style of Russell and Hogg excites, but Clermont’s nine can control the tempo and kick points.

Control: Laidlaw will dictate games, and Hogg will excite in Japan (Getty Images)

The Coach – Gregor Townsend

The former Scotland fly-half is known as an innovator who loves detail. He took over after a successful reign at Glasgow Warriors and has masterminded big wins for Scotland. This is his first World Cup in charge but he was an assistant in 2011.

Debut: This is Townsend’s first World Cup in charge (Getty Images)

Major Work-ons

When Scotland’s continuity-based, rapid style works it shocks teams, but they cannot escape the physical nature of Test rugby. Without any devastating ball-carriers, they need a team effort carrying into contact.

Scotland Rugby World Cup Warm-Ups

  • Saturday 17 August 2019: France v Scotland, Venue TBC (kick-off TBC)
  • Saturday 24 August 2019: Georgia v Scotland, Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia (kick-off TBC)
  • Saturday 31 August 2019: Scotland v France, BT Murrayfield (kick-off TBC)
  • Friday 6/Saturday 7 September 2019: Scotland v Georgia, BT Murrayfield (kick-off TBC)

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

Scotland Rugby World Cup Group

Scotland are in Group A alongside Ireland, Japan, Russia and Samoa.

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Groups

Scotland Rugby World Cup Fixtures

  • Sun 22 Sep Ireland v Scotland (Yokohama)
  • Mon 30 Sep Scotland v Samoa (Kobe)
  • Wed 9 Oct Scotland v Russia (Shizuoka)
  • Sun 13 Oct Japan v Scotland (Yokohama)

Crucial: Scotland face Ireland in their first match of the tournament (Getty Images)

Scotland Rugby World Cup Squad

We will update this section when the official squad is announced.

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Fixtures

Previous World Cup Results and Record

Scotland’s Rugby World Cup Record: P38 W22 D1 L15

  • 1987 Quarter-finals
  • 1991 Fourth
  • 1995 Quarter-finals
  • 1999 Quarter-finals
  • 2003 Quarter-finals
  • 2007 Quarter-finals
  • 2011 Pool stages
  • 2015 Quarter-finals

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