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Rugby World Cup 2023: Gregor Townsend says Scotland can fulfill their potential with Ireland’s famous victory

Ali Price scored one of Scotland’s tries in demolition of Romania
Place: Stade de France, Paris Date: Saturday October 7 To start up: 8:00 p.m. BST
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Gregor Townsend says Scotland are ready to “break another record” as they look to beat world number one Ireland and reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

The Scots will likely need a win of eight points or more in Paris on Saturday to advance to the round of 16.

Townsend was asked if he thought the time had come for his talented team to finally realize its potential.

“Well, why not? The players have already played in massive matches where we were underdogs,” he said.

“We’ve broken records before, whether it’s winning in Paris, winning at Twickenham, not having beaten England in seven years or good years.

“It’s an opportunity for them to break another record and we believe in them. We believe that where they are mentally as a group and where they are physically, they are ready to play their best rugby.”

Ali Price was chosen ahead of Ben White at scrum-half as one of 12 changes made by Scotland for the final Pool B decider against the Irish.

The price is one of only three players to retain their place after Townsend gave the fringe players a chance to impress in last week’s 84-0 defeat to Romania.

Grant Gilchrist, captain of the day, and winger Darcy Graham, author of four tries, also start at the Stade de France in Paris.

Full-back Blair Kinghorn returns to win his 50th cap, while White is not among the 23, with Price’s Glasgow Warriors scrum-half George Horne named on the bench.

Ollie Smith is the only other defense player among the substitutes as Townsend opts for six attackers, including frontline reinforcements Ewan Ashman, Rory Sutherland and WP Nel.

Captain Jamie Ritchie returns to charge after suffering a concussion in the first half of the match against Tonga a fortnight ago.

Price in place of White is the only change to the team which started the match against South Africa on the opening weekend of the tournament.

The 30-year-old owned the number nine jersey for three years until losing his place to the Whites at the start of this year’s Six Nations.

Price had explained in Nice earlier this week how his increased maturity had helped him cope with losing his place just two years after being capped for the British and Irish Lions.

However, he now appears to have convinced Townsend that he deserves to be thrown back into the thick of things for one of Scotland’s biggest games in years as they attempt to secure a bonus point win against the Irish or to deny their opponents a losing bonus. in order to reach the quarter-finals.

Flanker Hamish Watson, another 2021 Lion who has declined in prominence this year, did not make the 23, despite impressing against Romania.

Scotland: Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh); Darcy Graham (Edinburgh), Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Sione Tuipulotu (Glasgow Warriors), Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh); Finn Russell (Bath), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors); Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh), George Turner (Glasgow Warriors), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh), Rory Darge (Glasgow Warriors), Jack Dempsey (Glasgow Warriors).

Substitutes: Ewan Ashman (Edinburgh), Rory Sutherland (unattached), WP Nel (Edinburgh), Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors), Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Luke Crosbie (Edinburgh), George Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Ollie Smith (Glasgow Warriors). ).


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