The Scotland squad made their first visit to the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in St Etienne this evening 24 hours ahead of their opening world cup match against Portugal.
The captain’s run in the empty football arena was in sharp contrast to what the players will experience tomorrow evening, when they’ll perform to sell-out 35,000 crowd and it will become clear why the stadium is known as “le chaudron” (the cauldron).
Speaking after the run, Scotland’s most capped player Scott Murray said: “The stadium is really good, the stands are right on top of you so hopefully it’ll be a great atmosphere if all fans get behind us and make a lot of noise. It’s a good pitch with a lovely surface so we hope to play running ruby and give our backs the ball.”
“Our main objective is to perform well. We’ve done a lot of hard work ahead of the tournament and we now just want to get out and play rugby.”
The squad had earlier watched the opening pool C game between New Zealand and Italy and Murray was upbeat about what lies ahead. He said: “We don’t fear anyone in this tournament. As a squad, we just want to play as well as we can. We know Italy and New Zealand will be tough but we will be going out to do our best against them, as we will tomorrow night against Portugal.”
All Scotland’s squad for tomorrow’s game (kick-off 6pm local time) emerged untroubled from the captain’s run.