Hardie ruled out of Scotland RWC game

South Africa’s Schalk Brits tells Sports Mole that the team will be “respectful” of Scotland in their next Rugby World Cup match. “As long as the Scots are physical up front and keep up a good work ethic then in all honesty they should come through this game with a win under their belts”.


Henry Pyrgos will lead out Scotland at Elland Road for Sunday’s World Cup clash with the United States after the Dark Blues made 10 changes to their starting line-up.

But Cotter is refusing to get carried away.

“We knew it would be hard and so it proved”, Betham said. I respect our opponents too much to be predicting anything. But having said, I was really impressed by Scotland today.

“We’re not on the paddock yet”.

Japan will have only four days between their two matches.

Scrum-half Henry Pyrgos will captain the team for what should be the most straightforward match for the Scots in an otherwise testing pool.

In terms of experience in a side that has plenty of new talent, Cotter will rely on lock Richie Gray and flanker Alasdair Strokosch, who will win their 48th and 47th caps respectively.

He’s an unbelievable talent who has only played about five Top League games in Japan.

“It’s fair to say it’s pretty challenging”.

The usa have made just one change from the team that began their 25-16 defeat by Samoa last Sunday, with Phil Tiel coming in at hooker for Zach Fenoglio. It is what it is. We watched that and we had absolutely no complacency in our squad’.

The entire bench used against the courageous Blossoms has been promoted to the starting XV.

He said: “Watching everyone else play has been nerve-racking for the players, especially after seeing Japan beat South Africa”. While Scotland is a fully professional team with all the players dedicating their careers to Rugby, the majority of the U.S. side combine their training with a part-time job elsewhere.

“I don’t know what will happen for the game on Sunday”.

England will need to step things up now against Wales but I’m certainly confident they will be able to do so. We travelled straight after Wednesday’s game. Getting to the last 10 to 15 minutes of the match it started to become quite apparent that the superior fitness of the men in black was taking its toll on the Argentines.

“I owe everything to my rugby playing days that opened the door to me to give me an opportunity”. “Hopefully we get the right result”.

Bennett, who scored twice against Japan, will line-up alongside Peter Horne in the midfield, while Tim Visser and Sean Maitland start on the wings.

The Eagles are a little less formal in approach than Japan, who are peculiarly structured in everything they do.

“They have speed, size and power”.

Fiji head coach John McKee has warned England they face a real test against Australia in next week’s World Cup collision at Twickenham.


They are also Scotland’s second youngest in Cup history.

Chris O'Brien would not be surprised to see USA shock Scotland