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World Cup warm-up: Georgia v Scotland – build-up

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Georgia v Scotland

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By Thomas Duncan

All times stated are UK

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    Their pack is massive, they’re champing at the bit to give one of the bigger nations a bloody nose, and they’ll be roared on by 53,000 supporters willing their team to show the world they belong at the top table. Tough.

    Georgia

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    Gregor Townsend will pray playmaker Finn Russell comes through the match unscathed

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    Image caption: Gregor Townsend will pray playmaker Finn Russell comes through the match unscathed
  • Georgia look to make Six Nations case

    Georgia v Scotland (17:00)

    Georgia head coach, Milton Haig,has been speaking to BBC Scotland about the significance of today’s match for his side.

    “For Georgian Rugby it’s a huge event. It’s not just for rugby but for the country as well,” he said. “From a rugby perspective it’s important but from a tourism point of view as well. We want other Six Nations countries to hear great stories about coming to Tbilisi so that when conversations are had about expanding the Six Nations, that comes into the equation.

    “Win or lose, we’re looking for credibility in performance.”

    Georgia head coach Milton Haig says all the pressure is on Scotland

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    Image caption: Georgia head coach Milton Haig says all the pressure is on Scotland
  • Don’t feel like dancing?

    Georgia v Scotland (17:00)

  • Centre of attention

    Georgia v Scotland (17:00)

    An area of selection intrigue for Scotland remains the centre positions, such are the options at Gregor Townsend’s disposal. Sam Johnson is fit to start his first warm-up match after becoming first-choice during the Six Nations, and partners Rory Hutchinson, who did well during his short cameo off the bench in the mauling in Nice.

    If we assume Duncan Taylor will be on the plane, then there is still Huw Jones and Pete Horne to throw into the mix too. Who will make the cut, and who will start in the World Cup opener against Japan remains a fascinating discussion. Who would you take?

    Sam Johnson scored the final try in Scotland's thrilling Six Nations comeback against England in March

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    Image caption: Sam Johnson scored the final try in Scotland’s thrilling Six Nations comeback against England in March
  • Historic day for Georgia

    Georgia v Scotland (17:00)

    Andy Burke

    BBC Scotland rugby reporter at Dinamo Arena

    Speaking to head coach Milton Haig there, and indeed the locals around Tbilisi this week, you are left in no doubt how big a day this is for Georgia and the country as a whole.

    The cabbie who dropped us at the stadium was heading home for a quick change then coming back to Dinamo Arena to roar on his heroes. “We’re not bad, you know,” were his parting words.

    And Georgia aren’t bad. If Scotland start slowly and get themselves into a hole like they have done so often then this could get ugly.

    But if they play to anything near their capacity they should win, and win well. Those first 10 minutes will be intriguing.

  • Jerseys up for grabs

    Georgia v Scotland (17:00)

    Gregor Townsend names his final 31 -man squad for the World Cup on Tuesday. You’d expect the head coach will have a fair idea of the players who will be travelling to Japan, but there may be a few positions still in the balance. This evening is the last chance for those on the fringes to force their way on to that plane, particularly those who didn’t cover themselves in glory in the battering by France in Nice.

    Scotland changing room

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  • LINE-UPS from the Dinamo Arena

    Georgia v Scotland (17:00)

    Scotland:Blair Kinghorn; Darcy Graham, Rory Hutchinson, Sam Johnson, Sean Maitland; Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw; Allan Dell, Stuart McInally, (capt), Willem Nel, Ben Toolis, Grant Gilchrist, John Barclay, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson

    Replacements:Grant Stewart, Jamie Bhatti, Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Josh Strauss, Ali Price , Adam Hastings, Huw Jones

    Georgia: Soso Matiashvili, Mirian Modebadze, Zurab Dzneladze, Davit Kacharava, Sandro Todua, Tedo Abzhandadze, Vasil Lobzhanidze, Mikheil Nariashvili, Shalva Mamukashvili, Beka Gigashvili, Shalva Sutiashvili, Kote Mikautadze,Otar Giorgadze, Beka Saghinadze, Beka Gorgadze.

    Replacements: Giorgi Chkoidze, Karlen Asieshvili, Levan Chilachava, Giorgi Nemsadze, Lasha Lomidze, Gela Aprasidze, Lasha Khmaladze, Tamaz Mchedlidze.

  • Scotland face stern Tbilisi test

    Georgia v Scotland (17:00)

    Scotland face Georgia in the third of four World Cup warm-up matches and the last before the final squad for Japan is named.

    It’s the first time a Tier One nation has visited Georgia to play a proper test match, so they’ll be aiming for a historic victory. We’ll bring you all the action from the Dinamo Arena, and BBC Radio Scotland has radio commentary from around 4.50pm – just click the play button at the top of the page!

    Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi

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