SCOTTISH TEAM INTRODUCTION
It has to be seen – and heard – for itself. There’s nothing quite like belting out Flower of Scotland in a packed stadium, surrounded by Scottish fans all singing one of the most beautiful anthems in international sport.
Scotland, which will take part in their 10th Rugby World Cup in 2023, are one of the most hotly anticipated attractions of the tournament, given their rich RWC history. Who could forget the appetite of White Shark John Jeffrey, or snipers Gavin Hastings (RWC 1987, 1991, 1995) and Chris Paterson (RWC 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011), who both cleared the astounding bar of 100 points scored during the group stages.
Beaten by Japan and Ireland in the 2019 edition, Scotland will be looking for revenge in France. In doing so, they will be able to rely on the likes of their captain, Stuart Hogg, standout player of the Six Nations Championship in 2016 and 2017, the unpredictable and outstanding Finn Russell, and their great back-row, led by Jamie Ritchie.
Being drawn in the same pool as Ireland and defending world champions South Africa, Scotland will have a lot of work to do. "When you look at the World Rugby rankings, this is one of the toughest pools," said head coach Gregor Townsend after the draw. “All teams will have to play their best rugby to qualify.” You can bet Scotland will.