Scotland has pledged to make a strong initial showing at the Rugby World Cup.

Scotland will attack the Springboks aggressively in their first Rugby World Cup game, as promised by head coach Gregor Townsend.Scotland’s fly-half Finn Russell kicks off at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 5, 2023, before the start of the World Cup in Rugby Union. AFP/Paul ELLIS photo.

A rising star

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Now that he has his life and his game under control, Russell is no longer a detriment to his team.

“If we’d gotten a tremendous victory, I’d lose my mind. Even if we had lost, I’d be trying to forget about it and have a good time. Russell admitted to the Daily Mail earlier in 2023, “I used alcohol to deal with different scenarios, without really knowing it.”

Having a child gave me a purpose for development. Don’t necessarily mature, but do your share. I’m more responsible now, though some might disagree.

Scotland’s 2023 World Cup Rugby Team


Players: Ewan Ashman, Jamie Ritchie (c), Pierre Schoeman, Javan Sebastian, Sam Skinner, Rory Sutherland, George Turner, and Hamish Watson. Subs: Scott Cummings, Rory Darge, Jack Dempsey, Matt Fagerson, Zander Fagerson, Grant Gilchrist, Richie Gray, WP Nel, and Richie Gray.


All of the players on the team (Darcy Graham, Blair Kinghorn, Chris Harris, Ben Healy, George Horne, Huw Jones, Ali Price, Cameron Redpath, Finn Russell, Ollie Smith, Kyle Steyn, Sione Tuipulotu, Duhan van der Merwe, and Ben White).

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