Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Monday Sep 21, 2015

Vern Cotter unveils strong Scotland squad for RWC opener vs Japan

Vern Cotter unveils strong Scotland squad for RWC opener vs Japan

Vern Cotter has named a strong Scotland squad ahead of their first match of this year’s Rugby World Cup against Japan at Kingsholm. The Pool B match would originally have been seen as not too troubling, but that has all changed in recent days.

Stuart Hogg starts at full back for the Scots while Greig Laidlaw captains the squad.

In the pack, New Zealand-born John Hardie takes his place alongside David Denton and Ryan Wilson to form a strong back-row with Glasgow Number 8 Josh Strauss on the bench.

The front row is an all Edinburgh lock-out with Alasdair Dickinson joining Ross Ford and WP Nel. Elsewhere, Tim Visser misses out altogether, ceding his wing spot for the robust Sean Lamont.

In many ways, Cotter has been forced into selecting a near first-choice 23 after Japan’s stunning 34-32 triumph over South Africa at the weekend.

Speaking of his selected players, Cotter stressed that his team can leave nothing to chance as they look to kick off their World Cup campaign on the right foot.

He said: “We’ve prepared well for what will be a very tough Test against a powerful and fit Japanese team, who like to play a high-tempo game.

“They [Japan] will have taken a lot of confidence from their opening win over South Africa however that doesn’t change our approach to this game or the pool. The priority for us to ensure that we get our jobs right with accuracy, and impose ourselves on the game.

Scotland squad to face Japan in the Rugby World Cup Pool B match at Kingsholm, Gloucester on Wednesday 23rd September (kick-off: 14.35 BST):

Scotland Team to face Japan:

Backs: Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Mark Bennett, Matt Scott, Sean Lamont, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (Captain).
Forwards: Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, Willem Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Ryan Wilson, John Hardie, David Denton
Replacements: Fraser Brown, Ryan Grant, Jon Welsh, Richie Gray, Josh Strauss, Henry Pyrgos, Peter Horne, Sean Maitland

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    If you can get your head around it, these...

  • 28 WEEKS AGO

    You've never seen any Rugby World Cup drop...

  • 29 WEEKS AGO

    TOP 10: Rugby World Cup 2015 was filled with...

ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    It's 30 years since France scored that epic 'Try of the Century' from beneath their posts

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Amazing acrobatic skills set up early try in Pro D2 Friday night clash

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Arguably the most insane three minutes of Fijian rugby history

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Jonny Wilkinson's iconic performance that ripped Ireland apart in 2002

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Jamie Roberts turns back the clock with trademark midfield power for well taken try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 19 HOURS AGO

    Re-live the utter madness that unfolded late in the 2009 Challenge Cup final

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: The HUGE Currie Cup hit South African fans have been raving about

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Ex-internationals discuss unfortunate forearm incident which left Tonga international motionless

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: Brutal reaction to eye gouging leads to HUGE ban for Gloucester flanker

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Springbok fans celebrate Liam Williams' game-losing error in 2014

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    James Haskell defends McDonald's role in latest YouTube rant

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Re-live THE Mike Phillips Six Nations try which still angers Irish fans to this day

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Fijian winger cops heavy ban after that referee lifting incident that went viral and blew up his phone

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Vakatawa blows crucial try in terrible blooper, similar to Kunitani in 2014

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Old school highlights show just how brutal rugby really was in the 80s

View All

Funnies

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Fijian wing who lifted a referee like Lion King now faces a disciplinary hearing

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Referee JP Doyle reacts to hilarious moment red card was dished out after bizarre celebration

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Without doubt one of the funniest red cards in the history of rugby

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Nigel Owens produces comedy gold by forgetting crucial piece of kit during Pro14 clash

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    The VERY BEST examples of when rugby players celebrate too early

View All

Amateur

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 50 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    The highs and lows of Yoann Huget after he announced his retirement

View All
Vern Cotter unveils strong Scotland squad for RWC opener vs Japan | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos