Scotland confirm Rugby World Cup warm-up opponents

European rivals Ireland, France and Italy set to provide the perfect test for the Dark Blues' summer preparations

Scotland have announced their four-match preparation for this year’s Rugby World Cup.

Vern Cotter’s men will begin their summer with a trip to Dublin to take on Joe Schmidt’s Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on 15 August.

The games will allow us to rotate and test a large group of players throughout these preparatory matches in what is the last opportunity for everyone to put their hand up for selection.

Vern Cotter

A week later, the Dark Blues will be in Turin to take on Italy at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino, which was the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Games.

That is followed by their only home warm-up match at BT Murrayfield against the Azzurri, before ending with a trip to Saint Denis to take on France at the Stade de France on 5 September.

“Clearly our priority at the moment is the forthcoming RBS 6 Nations, however we are pleased to confirm four matches against top quality international opposition ahead of the Rugby World Cup,” Cotter said.

“The games will allow us to rotate and test a large group of players throughout these preparatory matches in what is the last opportunity for everyone to put their hand up for selection.”

Scotland kick off their Rugby World Cup campaign against Japan at Gloucester’s Kingshlom on Wednesday 23 September, before taking on the USA at Elland Road in Leeds four days later.

Cotter and his squad head further north for their final two Pool B matches at St James’ Park in Newcastle firstly against South Africa on 3 October with Samoa the opposition a week later.

Scotland Summer Tests:

Saturday 15 August: Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Saturday 22 August: Italy v Scotland, Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Turin
Saturday 29 August: Scotland v Italy, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Saturday 5 September: France v Scotland, Stade de France, Paris

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