Russia vs Scotland

Russia vs Scotland: Scotland take on Russia in Shizuoka in the intriguing Pool A at the Rugby World Cup.

While the Russians are playing their final game after defeats to Japan, Samoa and Ireland, Scotland need a handsome, bonus-point win to boost their quarter-final hopes ahead of Sunday’s decisive clash against the hosts in Yokohama.

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Pool A is very tight and bonus points and points difference could come into the final equation should any sides be level on points, but the first deciding outcome is their head to head record in the tournament.

This will be the first test between Scotland and Russia, who have been plucky at best in Japan and the Bears are still chasing their first World Cup win after losing all seven of their previous matches. Scotland’s best finish was in 1991 when they reached the semi-finals.
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Where: Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka.

Kick-off: 8:15pm on Wednesday (NZT).

How to watch: Live on Spark Sport (coverage from 7:45pm).

Live stream: Available via sparksport.co.nz or the Spark Sport app.

NZ TAB odds: Scotland $1.001, Russia $21.

Weather forecast at kick-off time: Cloudy but calm conditions after a warm day. Temperate around 17 degrees celsius.

THE TEAMS

Scotland: Blair Kinghorn, Tommy Seymour, Duncan Taylor, Pete Horne, Darcy Graham, Adam Hastings, George Horne; Ryan Wilson, Fraser Brown, John Barclay (c), Ben Toolis, Scott Cummings, Zander Fagerson, George Turner, Gordon Reid. Reserves: Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan, Willem Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Magnus Bradbury, Jamie Ritchie, Henry Pyrgos, Chris Harris.

Russia: Vasily Artemyev, German Davydov, Vladimir Ostroushko, Dmitry Gerasimov, Vladislav Sozonov, Ramil Gaisin, Dmitry Perov; Valery Morozov, Stanislav Selskii, Kirill Gotovtsev, Andrey Ostrikov, Evgeny Elgin, Vitaly Zhivatov, Tagir Gadzhiev, Nikita Vavilin. Reserves: Sergey Chernyshev, Azamat Bitiev, Vladimir Podrezov, Bogdan Fedotko, Andrey Garbuzov, Sergey Ianiushkin, Anton Sychev, Yury Kushnarev.

Russia vs Scotland Rugby

Follow the latest updates live from the Rugby World Cup as Scotland look to keep their quarter-final hopes alive against Russia in Pool A.

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The Scots continue to try and rebuild their campaign following the opening defeat against Ireland, and after a crushing 34-0 victory over Samoa, Gregor Townsend’s side can close right up onto the tail of the Irish in the battle for the top two spots.

Scotland will be expected to win, but they need to ensure they do a professional job and guarantee the bonus point too, which would give them a chance of beating Japan in Sunday’s Pool A showdown and reaching the last eight. Follow the live updates below.

Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Rugby World Cup in Japan as Scotland return to Pool A action against Russia.

Gregor Townsend’s side – who show 14 changes from their win over Samoa – will look to secure a bonus-point win at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa to keep their quarter-final hopes alive ahead of a pivotal clash with hosts Japan on Sunday.

Russia have certainly not lacked commitment in their three tournament matches so far, yet have not scored a try in successive matches and remain without a point after three consecutive losses.

This is the first-ever Test meeting between these two teams and Scotland will look to continue their 100% World Cup record against Tier 2 nations.

Stay tuned to Standard Sport for live updates, beginning with Argentina vs USA in Kumagaya…

Here at the permutations for Pool A heading into this match, courtesy of the official Rugby World Cup website…

Scotland cannot advance to the quarter-finals if they fail to take at least two points from this match. If they win or draw their hopes are alive.

Japan qualify for the quarter-finals if Scotland do not win.

Ireland qualify for the quarter-finals if Scotland lose while failing to pick up two bonus points.

Neither Russia nor Samoa can reach the last eight.

Gregor Townsend is trusting his second string to get the job done against Russia as they chase the bonus-point win that will keep them in the hunt for the quarter-finals.

Only Darcy Graham is retained from the side that beat Samoa last week as Townsend makes 14 changes to his line-up ahead of Sunday’s do-or-die clash with Japan.

John Barclay returns to the back row to skipper the side, while full-back Blair Kinghorn, centre Peter Horne, lock Ben Toolis and hooker George Turner are all given their first taste of action since the tournament began.

Scotland vs Russia Rugby

Scotland vs Russia Rugby: Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Rugby World Cup in Japan as Scotland return to Pool A action against Russia.

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Gregor Townsend’s side – who show 14 changes from their win over Samoa – will look to secure a bonus-point win at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa to keep their quarter-final hopes alive ahead of a pivotal clash with hosts Japan on Sunday.

Russia have certainly not lacked commitment in their three tournament matches so far, yet have not scored a try in successive matches and remain without a point after three consecutive losses.

This is the first-ever Test meeting between these two teams and Scotland will look to continue their 100% World Cup record against Tier 2 nations.

Stay tuned to Standard Sport for live updates, beginning with Argentina vs USA in Kumagaya…

Here at the permutations for Pool A heading into this match, courtesy of the official Rugby World Cup website…

Scotland cannot advance to the quarter-finals if they fail to take at least two points from this match. If they win or draw their hopes are alive.

Japan qualify for the quarter-finals if Scotland do not win.

Ireland qualify for the quarter-finals if Scotland lose while failing to pick up two bonus points.

Neither Russia nor Samoa can reach the last eight.

Gregor Townsend is trusting his second string to get the job done against Russia as they chase the bonus-point win that will keep them in the hunt for the quarter-finals.

Only Darcy Graham is retained from the side that beat Samoa last week as Townsend makes 14 changes to his line-up ahead of Sunday’s do-or-die clash with Japan.

John Barclay returns to the back row to skipper the side, while full-back Blair Kinghorn, centre Peter Horne, lock Ben Toolis and hooker George Turner are all given their first taste of action since the tournament began.

Scotland vs Russia

Scotland vs Russia Live Stream Rugby World Cup as Scotland look to keep their quarter-final hopes alive against Russia in Pool A. The Scots continue to try and rebuild their campaign following the opening defeat against Ireland, and after a crushing 34-0 victory over Samoa, Gregor Townsend’s side can close right up onto the tail of the Irish in the battle for the top two spots.

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Scotland will be expected to win, but they need to ensure they do a professional job and guarantee the bonus point too, which would give them a chance of beating Japan in Sunday’s Pool A showdown and reaching the last eight. Follow the live updates below.

Team News – Russia

Russia are without their two 2019 World Cup point-scorers – Kirill Golosnitskiy is out after colliding with the post padding in their defeat to Ireland, while fly-half Yury Kushnarev is dropped to the bench.

 

Captain Vasily Artemyev continues his streak of starting every game Russia have played at a Rugby World Cup.

 

Team News – Scotland

 

Scotland make 14 changes from their win over Samoa, with only wing Darcy Graham retaining his place.

 

Hooker Fraser Brown starts on the openside, something he has done only once before for his country (against Argentina last summer), while Adam Hastings starts at ten. John Barclay captains the side on the blindside.

 

When is it?

 

Scotland vs Russia kicks off at 4.15pm Japan Standard Time (8.15am BST) on Wednesday 9 October.

 

Where can I watch it?

 

The match will be broadcast on ITV1. Alternatively, you can live stream it via the ITV Hub on your smartphone, laptop or tablet.

 

Teams

 

Scotland: Blair Kinghorn; Tommy Seymour, Duncan Taylor, Pete Horne, Darcy Graham; Adam Hastings, George Horne; Gordon Reid, George Turner, Zander Fagerson; Scott Cummings, Ben Toolis; John Barclay, Fraser Brown, Ryan Wilson.

Replacements: Stuart McInally, Siomn Berghan, WP Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Magnus Bradbury, Jamie Ritchie, Henry Pyrgos, Chris Harris.

Russia: Vasily Artemyev; German Davydov, Vladimir Ostroushko, Dmitry Gerasimov, Vladislav Sozonov; Ramil Gaisin, Dmitry Perov; Valery Morozov, Stanislav Selskii, Kirill Gotovtsev; Andrey Ostrikov, Evgeny Elgin; Vitaly Zhivatov, Tagir Gadzhiev, Nikita Vavilin.

Replacements: Sergey Chernyshev, Azamat Bitiev, Vladimir Podrezov, Bogdan Fedotko, Andrey Garbuzov, Sergey Ianiushkin, Anton Sychev, Yury Kushnarev

Scotland vs Russia Live Stream

Scotland vs Russia Live Stream: A bonus-point victory is the minimum requirement for the Scots if they want to have a realistic chance of making it to the knockout stages.

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Russia have far from disgraced themselves despite three defeats so far, with their best result a 10-30 effort against the Japanese in the opening match of the tournament.
What time does Scotland vs Russia kick off?

THIS crucial World Cup clash is set for Wednesday, October 9.

Kick-off is at 8.15am BST – 4.15pm in Japan and 10.15am in Moscow.

Scotland haven’t faced Russia in a competitive game before.
Which TV channel and live stream can I watch Scotland vs Russia on?

YOU can catch this game live on ITV1 and ITV1 HD.

Coverage of this one starts at 8am.

And if you want to stream on the move, the ITV Hub or TVPlayer are the places to head.

Match TV is the Rugby World Cup broadcaster in Russia.

Can I watch Scotland vs Russia for free?

Every moment of this year’s World Cup is being broadcast on free-to-air TV in the UK.

But you must have a valid TV licence.
What is the team news?

GREGOR TOWSEND has shuffled his pack and trusted his squad to get the job done on Wednesday.

He has made fourteen changes from the side which beat Samoa 34-0, with Edinburgh winger Darcy Graham the only man to keep his place.

Scotland: Kinghorn; Seymour, Taylor, P Horne, Graham; Hastings, G Horne; Reid, Turner, Fagerson; Cummings, Toolis; Barclay, Brown, Wilson.

Replacements: McInally, Berghan, Nel, Gilchrist, Bradbury, Ritchie, Pyrgos, Harris.

Scotland vs Russia Live

Scotland vs Russia Live: Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Rugby World Cup in Japan as Scotland return to Pool A action against Russia.

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What is it?

Scotland vs Russia, Scotland’s penultimate Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool A clash, and they have to win with a four-try bonus point to stand any chance of progressing to the quarter-finals. They will then have to beat Japan comfortably on Sunday. It is Russia’s final match.
When is it?

It is on Wednesday October 9.
What time is kick-off?

An 8.15am BST start in Shizuoka.
What TV channel is it on?

This one is on ITV. The broadcaster has exclusive rights to all Rugby World Cup 2019 matches. You can also follow this game right here with Telegraph Sport.

What is the latest squad news?
Scotland

Starting XV: Blair Kinghorn; Tommy Seymour, Duncan Taylor, Pete Horne, Darcy Graham; Adam Hastings, George Horne; Gordon Reid, George Turner, Zander Fagerson; Scott Cummings, Ben Toolis; John Barclay, Fraser Brown, Ryan Wilson.
Replacements: Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan, WP Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Magnus Bradbury, Jamie Ritchie, Henry Pyrgos, Chris Harris.
Russia

Starting XV: Vasily Artemyev; German Davydov, Vladimir Ostroushko, Dmitry Gerasimov, Vladislav Sozonov; Ramil Gaisin, Dmitry Perov; Valery Morozov, Stanislav Selskii, Kirill Gotovtsev; Andrey Ostrikov, Evgeny Elgin; Vitaly Zhivatov, Tagir Gadzhiev, Nikita Vavilin.
Replacements: Sergey Chernyshev, Azamat Bitiev, Vladimir Podrezov, Bogdan Fedotko, Andrey Garbuzov, Sergey Ianiushkin, Anton Sychev, Yury Kushnarev