Rugby World Cup: Gregor Townsend names Scotland team to face Ireland in Pool A opener

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has named his team for Sunday’s Rugby World Cup Pool A opener against Ireland in Yokohama, with Tommy Seymour on the wing and Ryan Wilson in at No 8.

Friday, 20th September 2019, 9:55 am
Gregor Townsend has named his team to face Ireland in Sunday's Rugby World Cup Pool A opener. Picture: Getty Images

As expected, Townsend has gone with a centre pairing of Sam Johnson and Duncan Taylor, with the experienced Greig Laidlaw partnering Finn Russell at half-back.

Allan Dell will start at loosehead prop, with John Barclay at blindside and Hamish Watson openside either side of Wilson in the back row.

Townsend, said: “We’ve had a really productive week’s preparation in Nagasaki ahead of our arrival in Tokyo, with our players adapting to the time zone and weather conditions out here in Japan.

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“As we’ve got closer to the game our training has been more about fine-tuning the hard work that’s gone in over pre-season into a focus for Sunday’s game.

“Our team has a lot of experience playing together in major games for Scotland, with a bench capable of making a difference when required. That cohesion, experience and leadership is very valuable in a build-up to a match of this magnitude as well as during the 80 minutes on Sunday.”


(to play Ireland at the International Stadium Yokohama in Rugby World Cup 2019)

Sunday 22 September (kick-off 4.45pm local time, 8.45am BST) – live on ITV

15. Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs) – 69 caps

14. Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 52 caps

13. Duncan Taylor (Saracens) – 23 caps

12. Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – 6 caps

11. Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 42 caps

10. Finn Russell (Racing 92) – 46 caps

9. Greig Laidlaw VICE CAPTAIN (Clermont Auvergne) – 73 caps

1. Allan Dell (London Irish) – 25 caps

2. Stuart McInally CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 29 caps

3. Willem Nel (Edinburgh) – 31 caps

4. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 36 caps

5. Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 52 caps

6. John Barclay VICE CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 74 caps

7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 27 caps

8. Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) – 45 caps


16. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 42 caps

17. Gordon Reid (Ayrshire Bulls) – 37 caps

18. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 22 caps

19. Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps

20. Blade Thomson (Scarlets) – 2 caps

21. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 27 caps

22. Chris Harris (Gloucester) – 10 caps

23. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh) – 7 caps

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