Scotland make 10 changes to their team to face Ireland

Tanya Simon
September 21, 2019

Ireland and Scotland begin their Rugby World Cup campaigns in a crunch Pool A clash against one another in Yokohama.

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) - Ireland may be famed for being the land of 100,000 welcomes but it has nothing on Japan, vice captain Peter O'Mahony said on Saturday. Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray complete the back line. His tactical awareness is complemented by his savvy scrumhalf, who has been unmatched in worldwide rugby for some time too.

Jean Kleyn, and Peter O'Mahony was back on the blindside flank, bumping CJ Stander to his usual No. 8 spot.

Will Ireland be able to use all the power they have on paper to make it past the quarter-finals by beating possibly South Africa or New Zealand?

"Teams taking part in the World Cup are all well known, with the likes of England v France as highlight games", he said. But they are very happy. The best continuity we had was to have the guys we'd had training through the time we've been here.

Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Luke McGrath, Jack Carty and Chris Farrell all make the bench.

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"We've had a great pre-season and you have to think and believe we're ready to go".

"James Ryan has come back in for these last two games and done really well".

"We have to take our opportunities and limit the opportunities that Ireland get".

At full-tilt, the Scots certainly have the capacity to go toe-to-toe with Ireland in almost every area, but it's going require the type of collective effort that will see their players sucking in air on the hour mark, hands on heads, minds in orbit. Iain Henderson (Queen's University/Ulster) 48 5. He's mowing opponents down with and without the ball, so much so that there is a case to be made for his being worthy of a start over the also-excellent and in-form Cian Healy.

Ireland showed against Wales in the warm-ups that for all their recent shortcomings, they haven't forgotten how to grind one out.

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