Greig Laidlaw got as excited as his first cap when he heard his name read out as a starter for the opening game which will be “for sure” his last World Cup.
Matt Taylor says Scotland “have to have the ability to smash people” who attack the line like Ireland’s talismanic stand-off Jonny Sexton.
Upsets are rare in Rugby World Cups, in rugby in general, really.
What was Scotland’s best performance under Gregor Townsend? There’s been a few good ones, the current coach holds the best record of any national coach since professionalism, with 15 wins and a 57.4% success rate.
Sean Maitland is thrilled his Saracens team-mate and Scotland room-mate Duncan Taylor is back in the national side for the crucial pool game against Ireland on Sunday, and backing him to make an impact.
John Barclay is happy to back at the World Cup and part of a back row trio that is “an area of strength” for Scotland.
Gregor Townsend has picked the most experienced international team in Scottish rugby history for the biggest game of his coaching career so far, Sunday’s Rugby World Cup opener against Ireland in Yokohama.
Scotland in Japan: Duncan Taylor steps into midfield as Gregor Townsend sticks with tried and tested men for World Cup opener
Duncan Taylor will have the key role of toughening Scotland's midfield defence as the oft-injured centre is the major inclusion in the side to take on Ireland in the Rugby World Cup opener in Yokohama on Sunday.
Gav Scott remembers getting the call in the middle of the night to get on the plane to join the Scotland squad, and he doesn’t think it’ll be any different for those brought in late to Japan.
Scotland’s last day off before the opening game of the Rugby World Cup involved sending out Dave Edge, of the team staff, to queue at 5.30 am to get tickets for Japan’s premier sporting event prior to the tournament, the Autumn Basho.