Scots Wind Up For Big Clash

After the warm sunshine at their camp in the south east of France, the Scotland squad were back training in more usual weather conditions for this time of year at Murrayfield this afternoon. The full squad took part in a rainy session on the back pitches ahead of their Pool C Rugby World Cup match against New Zealand on Sunday.

After the warm sunshine at their camp in the south east of France, the Scotland squad were back training in more usual weather conditions for this time of year at Murrayfield this afternoon.

The full squad took part in a rainy session on the back pitches ahead of their Pool C Rugby World Cup match against New Zealand on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, the forwards and backs took part in scrummaging practice and speed work in front of around 60 supporters, after which they signed autographs and posed for photographs.

Scotland, however, are well used to playing all sorts of weather and back in 1999, their World Cup quarter final match against the All Blacks at Murrayfield was a rain-soaked affair from start to finish. The forecast for Sunday suggests the conditions could be just as wet, and windy, as they were eight years ago.

Whatever the conditions, nothing will dampen the spirits of the squad ahead of their third pool match against the highest ranked team in the world.

Scrum half Chris Cusiter said: "I think everyone is excited about the prospect of it. There's a little bit of nervousness because it's the All Blacks. They have been hammering everyone in the world cup. What they did to Italy shows what they are capable of.

"It's a bit of a shock to the system coming home. It's the start of autumn but it feels like it's winter. We enjoyed the novelty of the sunshine in France."

"The home advantage was good for us on Tuesday night against Romania and playing against New Zealand will definitely be a huge advantage rather than playing on neutral ground."

Scotland coach Frank Hadden will announce his team tomorrow afternoon.

There are still tickets available for the match between Scotland and New Zealand, which kicks off at 4pm, from this website, or by calling in at the ticket centre at Murrayfield in person or phoning them on 0131 346 5100. The centre will be open from 9am – 8pm until Friday, and between 9am and 5pm on Saturday.

Please note, there will be no ticket sales on Sunday. The ticket centre will be open for collections only from 9am.