Gregor the time has come to the first team
for the first match in the Rugby World Cup journey. I think on Sunday it is going to
be 100 days since we met in Stirling for the trip to Inverness. How has the preparation
been? It feels shorter than 100 days because we are here now but when you look back at
it, it does seem like a long time ago when we met in Stirling. The players worked very
hard throughout that period, we have played four test matches, they have grown together
as a group and we have seen that in our time in Japan especially since we came to Toyko
that we are ready to play and they cannot wait to get started. You have chosen the team
to face Ireland, talk us through your decisions. We obviously had a couple of games to look
at how players form was and look at the opposition and what they bring but we also look for the
players who have played in these big games before and done well for Scotland. If that
corresponds with form then it becomes an easier team to pick. Certainly the most experienced
team I believe we have put together the last two or three years. Players that bring leadership
and ability to go with some really good physical skills. You mentioned Ireland there, looking
at the opposition they are ranked the number one team in the world. It is always a tough
challenge in a World Cup though as anything can happen. What do you expect from them at
the weekend? They played really well against Wales in both of their games home and away
but especially the last one they played in Dublin. They have got their form back and
when they are on form they have shown over the last few years they can be regarded as
the best team in the world having beaten New Zealand on a couple of occasions. If they
play well and we expect them to play well we have got to play our best rugby to win.
Speaking to a few boys this morning there is now a real itch to get going, it must be
the same for you and the management and coaching staff. How much are you looking forward to
getting going in this World Cup? We are. We are looking forward to the World Cup starting
so games being played before us will be interesting to watch. The players have an edge at training
as they cannot wait to start. We’ve known the team, the players have known the team
for over a week now so we prepared as a team for longer than we normally get an opportunity
to do so that has put them in a very good position to deliver their best rugby. Just
on that note about having a week you know the team and the combinations, how helpful
is it that and have you done that in the past or do you leave it till a bit later on? The
only time that you really get to be able to do that is on tour as normally even before
a Six Nations game if players aren’t playing at the weekend then they might be players
playing in England and France so you cannot name a train and prepare with that team if
the players are playing the Saturday before but on this occasion we had the players out
in Nagasaki getting over jetlag, acclimatising to weather and conditions in Japan and we
felt it was right to get the team out there as early as possible.

Gregor Townsend: Team announced to face Ireland
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12 thoughts on “Gregor Townsend: Team announced to face Ireland

  • September 20, 2019 at 1:27 pm
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    whats happening with toolis

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  • September 20, 2019 at 1:43 pm
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    Why is Darcy NOT IN THE STARTING LINE UP and kinghorns not even on the bench, bad desicions gregor

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  • September 20, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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  • September 20, 2019 at 3:53 pm
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    Good squad tbh

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  • September 20, 2019 at 3:54 pm
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    Kinghorne not on the bench is bad but playing Seymour and maitland is very helpful

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  • September 20, 2019 at 5:17 pm
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    Who's in charge of the team sheet and were they only allowed one photo? Some of them properly daft :'D

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  • September 20, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    I think there is an average of over 40 caps per player in the starting XV which is very good. Ireland have had a couple of injuries so a win on Sunday is very possible. Good luck!

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  • September 20, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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  • September 20, 2019 at 8:52 pm
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    My money is on Scotland for this one, I just have a feeling they will play their hearts out so they don't get an upset by japan

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  • September 20, 2019 at 9:12 pm
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    Good luck Scotland from an Irishman. Win or lose, hopefully we'll both qualify for a quarter final place. Who knows after that. A Celtic encounter…… Should be full of passion and pride.

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  • September 20, 2019 at 10:01 pm
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    It's gonna be a great game on Sunday..
    Most important thing for both Teams is to keep the injuries down..
    Yaz will hammer Japan either way..
    Best Of Luck to Scotland from Ireland

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  • September 21, 2019 at 5:48 am
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    "How's the prep been, and how's the preparation been?" 😐🤔

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