Preview: Scotland v Colombia

Preview: Scotland v Colombia

It’s all to play for today, as Scotland take on Colombia in the Rugby World Cup 2021 Final Qualification match at The Sevens Stadium, Dubai (kick-off 3pm UK time / 7pm local time).

Both sides are looking to claim the last spot in this year’s tournament in New Zealand, with the winners joining Pool A alongside hosts New Zealand, Australia and Wales.

What the coaches are saying

On his team selection for the match, Scotland Head Coach, Bryan Easson, said: "I think it was important to look at the team that played against Ireland and Japan as we’ve got good consistency with this group at the moment.

“We’ve got real depth within our group, so it’s a testament to those starting this weekend but also to those on the bench who have been pushing them hard for places.

“Our pack has been really solid in recent games, while in the backs we’ve got a tried and tested group.

“We are really looking forward to the match. It’s been a long qualification journey for the group and I’m sure it’ll be an exciting match for everyone watching back home.”

The Teams

Match Stats

•Scotland are bidding to qualify for a first Rugby World Cup since 2010

•That was their fifth tournament, having first appeared in 1994 when they hosted the event and achieved a best-ever finish of fifth

•Scotland earned their place in the Final Qualification Tournament as runners-up in the RWC 2021 Europe Qualifier in Italy last September

•Scotland lost to hosts Italy 38-13 before beating Spain 27-22 and then Ireland 20-18 to finish as runners-up in the four-team tournament

•Chloe Rollie scored the try at the death to tie the scores against Ireland before Sarah Law coolly slotted the winning conversion to keep alive their RWC 2021 hopes

•Scotland have won three tests in a row, beating Spain, Ireland and Japan

•This is the first time they have won three consecutive tests since 2009-10 when they beat Russia, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

Watch Scotland’s journey so far…

Where to watch the match

Join us in the Scottish Rugby Match Centre on Friday for match stats and live text commentary from Dubai.

As always we'll bring you the big moments as they happen, along with the latest from inside the Scotland camp.

BBC ALBA will be broadcasting the game live for viewers in the UK, while the game will also be streamed live across World Rugby and Rugby World Cup’s channels.

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