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Finn Russell kicks a penalty against the USA. Picture: PA

Fit-again Finn is ready to put Samoa to the sword

Tommy Seymour scores for Scotland against South Africa. Picture: Getty

Much more to come from Scotland, says Seymour

Tommy Seymour scores for Scotland against South Africa. Picture: Getty

Still much more to come from Scotland, says Seymour

Kevin Bryce (centre) during a Scotland training session in Newcastle yesterday. Picture: PA

Bryce ready to get to grips with Samoan strongmen

Mark Bennett scores against Italy back in August. The Glasgow centre should be back in the Scotland team to play Samoa on Saturday. Picture: SNS

Bennett demands 80-minute effort from Scotland

Duncan Weir celebrates after starting the break that led to Tommy Seymour's try for Scotland. Picture: PA

South Africa 34 Scotland 16: Boks go top of pool

Richie and Jonny Gray are together in the second row for Scotland today. Picture: SNS

Stuart Bathgate’s Five-Minute Guide to South Africa v Scotland

Fraser Brown is hoping to keep his place for Scotland next Saturday when they face Samoa

Scotland in confident mood to qualify despite Springboks defeat

29/08/15 WORLD CUP WARM-UP MATCH .  SCOTLAND v ITALY (48-7) .  BT MURRAYFIELD STADIUM - EDINBURGH .  Scotland's Gordon Reid (left) is tackled by Michele Rizzo. (36982997)

Scrum together: Glasgow Warriors star Gordon Reid's musketeer mantra embodies spirit in the Scotland camp ahead of South Africa showdown

Fraser Brown (left) helps halt a South African attack. Picture: Getty

Brown sure Scots can bounce back from Boks beating

Japan celebrate victory in the World Cup match at Stadium:MK, Milton Keynes. Photo: PA/Mike Egerton

Rugby World Cup: Samoa 5 Japan 26

10/09/15 . SCOTLAND RUGBY TRAINING . SCOTSTOUN . Greig Laidlaw trains at Scotstoun with Scotland.. (40472552)

Coach Vern Cotter shrugs off Scotland Rugby World Cup absentees and roars: We're ready for South Africa

Central role: Hugh Blake has been named at centre for Glasgow Warrior's PRO 12 clash with Munster tonight.

Blake at centre for Warriors as Townsend goes for glory against Munster again

Glasgow Warriors winger Sean Lamont is two away from completing his century of caps for Scotland

Lamont: This is the best Scotland squad I've been involved with

Tartan Kiwi Blair Cowan committed to the Scotland cause after being drafted in to replace injured Grant Gilchrist

Scotland's Grant Gilchrist will miss the rest of the Rugby World Cup due to a groin injury

Gilchrist 'devastated' at being ruled out of Scotland's Rugby World Cup campaign

Scotland's Grant Gilchrist

Al Dickinson: Scotland will be spurred on by Grant Gilchrist absence

LEEDS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Scotland players take the applause from the crowd at the end of the game during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Scotland and USA at Elland Road on September 27, 2015 in Leeds, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Run

Perfect ten points for Scotland as Vern Cotter hails Rugby World Cup victory over USA

Italy's Josh Furno is tackled by Canada's John Moonlight (left) during the Rugby World Cup match at Elland Road, Leeds. Photo: Nigel French/PA

Rugby World Cup: Italy 23 Canada 18

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Vern Cotter, Head Coach of Scotland looks on prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by David Rogers/Ge

Scotland coach Vern Cotter shuffles his pack as Scotland get set to face United States in second Rugby World Cup clash

Vern Cotter

Vern Cotter wants Scotland to focus on United States

Warriors newest star looks to shine for US against Scotland - by eclipsing Glasgow team-mates he's never played with

Warriors newest star looks to shine for US against Scotland - by eclipsing Glasgow team-mates he's never played with

04/09/15 . SCOTSTOUN - GLASGOW . Glasgow Warriors' Peter Murchie preview's his side's forthcoming Guinness Pro12 fixture against Scarltes.. (39731107)

Glasgow Warriors suffer injury blow as Pete Murchie is ruled out of Champions Cup opener

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Mark Bennett of Scotland goes over to score his teams 4th try despite a tackle by Michael Leitch (R) of Japan during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm Stadium on September 23,

Double-try hero Mark Bennett hails Scotland's winning start at Rugby World Cup after 45-10 victory over Japan

Burgess is set to make his second Test start against Wales on Saturday. Picture: Getty

Burgess and Williams in war of words ahead of Saturday's World Cup showdown

Hayden Smith (centre) has praised the culture of rugby after spending a year in the NFL with the New York Jets. Picture: Getty

The Ferrie Files: Day Four

Gatland (left) insists that no rules have been broken by Wales. Picture: Getty

Gatland denies breaking rules after Wales issued official warning

Same Cane has permanently replaced Richie McCaw as All Blacks captain. Picture: Getty

The Ferrie Files: Day Three

Australia head coach Michael Cheika is keeping his cards close to his chest. Picture: Getty

The Ferrie Files: Day Two

Nakaitaci and his teammates improved significantly after the break, going on to win 38-11. Picture: Shaun Botterill/Getty

France deserved half-time dressing down after 'ugly' performance, says Nakaitaci

Lancaster has made significant changes for Saturday's match with Wales. Picture: David Rogers/Getty

Lancaster denies panicking with England selection against Wales

Murray is one of only two specialist scrum-halves in Ireland's squad. Picture: Michael Steele/Getty

Murray braced for major role in Ireland World Cup campaign

Strauss insists he is ready to move into the starting line-up against USA. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Strauss: Scotland are prepared for quick turnaround before facing USA on Sunday

Amos turned 21 today and has been named in the line-up for Saturday's showdown at Twickenham. Picture: David Davies/PA

Rugby World Cup: Amos to mark 21st birthday with starting place against England

McKee expects Australia to give England a much tougher match than when the sides last met in November 2014. Picture: EPA

Rugby World Cup: Fiji coach warns England of improved Australian side

Ford has been replaced by Owen Farrell for Saturday's World Cup clash with Wales. Picture: Getty

Ford may be mentally hurt after being dropped for Wales match, says Flood

Gatland admits there is a lot at stake in Saturday's clash with England. Picture: PA

Gatland wants Wales to do their talking on the pitch against England

Ross Ford in training yesterday. Picture: Getty

No complacency from Scotland, says Ford

Up for the cup: Scotland's South African-born prop WP Nel was already fired up to defeat Japan regardless of their win over the country of his birth.

No extra motivation required to take down Japan for WP Nel

Referee Jaco Peyper referred six incidents to the television match official during England's opening World Cup match with Fiji. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire.

World Cup officials clarify TMO rules after over-zealous use in opening round of games

Dream come true: Finn Russell has swapped reading about the World Cup for a central role in Scotland's chances of success.

Finn Russell in dreamland before Scotland tackle Japan

Stuart Hogg and his teammates are raring to go. Picture: Michael Steele/Getty

Scotlands stars past and present take to Twitter ahead of tomorrow's World Cup opener

Upset: Japan's shock win over South Africa has moved them above Scotland in the world rankings

Japan move above Scotland in world rugby rankings

03/09/15    .  SCOTLAND TRAINING .  BT MURRAYFIELD - EDINBURGH .  Scotland's Ryan Wilson remains focused at training. (37460181)

Glasgow Warriors star Ryan Wilson unfazed by group rivals Japan's shock win over Springboks as Scotland get set for World Cup opener

Josh Strauss has been named on the bench for Scotland's Rugby World Cup opener. Picture: SNS

Strauss set to make Scotland debut against high-flying Japanese

Strength: Vern Cotter has named a strong line-up for Scotland's game against shock-troops Japan.

Cotter names strong Scotland team to face Japan

Confident: Japan coach Eddie Jones says that his side have yet to peak ahead of clash with Scotland despite shock win over South Africa. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

Japan coach Eddie Jones fires warning to Scots

Respect: Grant Gilchrist insists that Scotland were never in danger of taking Japan lightly.

Gilchrist: Japan result blows Scotland's group wide open

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is expected to make changes against Romania but Kearney is likely to remain in the line-up. Picture: Getty

Kearney looking to build up match fitness in Ireland's clash with Romania

New Zealand perform the haka before the Rugby World Cup match at Wembley Stadium. (Mike Egerton/PA)

Rugby World Cup: New Zealand 26 Argentina 16

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