Scotland vs Russia Rugby

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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.

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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.

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