Scotland gear up for Six Nations opener

Rugby fans across the the world are eagerly anticipating the start of the 2017 RBS Six Nations Championship, which gets underway on Saturday.

The prestigious tournament, which displays the best of the sport within the northern hemisphere, is now in its seventeenth year, having launched at the start of the millennium.

BT Murrayfield is the venue for the opening fixture of the competition, where Scotland host Ireland, knowing that getting off to a winning start is of paramount importance.

The Scots are hoping to end a dismal run of results on the opening weekend, with ten successive defeats. The last time they won their first game of the Championship was back in 2006, when they defeated France by 20 points to 16 at Murrayfield.

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Greig Laidlaw press conference at Oriam

Scotland captain, Greig Laidlaw, faced the media at their Oriam training base yesterday, and admitted that a few things have been adapted, before this weekend’s showdown with the Irish. He explained that they have focused heavily on their game plan since day one of training, and the team are confident that they can change their fortunes on Saturday afternoon.

Fly-half, Johnny Sexton, was influential in Ireland’s successful Autumn test series, where they recorded wins over Australia and Canada in Dublin, as well as a memorable first ever victory over New Zealand, in Chicago.

Sexton, however, has been ruled out of this weekend’s encounter due to a calf injury sustained last month. Flanker, Peter O’Mahony, will also be absent from the clash with a hamstring problem.

Scotland’s only notable absentee is prop, Willem Nel, who has recently undergone surgery on a neck injury.

The squads for both teams will be announced tomorrow.

 

 

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