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Rugby World Cup: Scotland team arrive at St James' Park

Thousands of Scottish rugby fans have descended on Newcastle for their team's final pool match against Samoa.

Victory will guarantee Scotland a place in the quarter-finals.

Coverage of Scotland v Samoa starts at 2pm on ITV.

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Scotland 80 minutes from place in quarter-finals

Thousands of Scotland fans are expected to travel to St James' Park today Credit: ITV News

Scotland are just hours away from a game which could see them reach the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.

The men in blue take on Samoa in their final pool match at St James' Park in Newcastle.

Three Borderers are once again in the squad, with Greig Laidlaw captaining his side. In their match against South Africa, full-back Stuart Hogg and hooker Ross Ford were taken off with injuries.

However, they will both start for Scotland today after being given the all-clear by team medics.

Thousands of Scotland fans are already on their way to Newcastle to support their team, knowing that a win will secure them a place in the quarter-finals.

Their opponents, Samoa, cannot qualify and will be without one of their key players, Alesana Tuilagi, who's been suspended for foul play.

ITV coverage begins at 2pm with kick-off at 2.30pm.


Rugby on the rise in Scotland

the rugby world cup is inspiring the younger generation to get involved Credit: ITV Border

Its not just in the World Cup that all the rugby action's taking place.

New Scottish Rugby figures show the number of competitive matches played at youth level by Scottish schools and clubs has doubled in the past month compared to September 2014.


Photos: Rugby World Cup on Scafell Pike

RFU Chairman Bill Beaumont with the Webb Ellis Cup on Scafell Pike Credit: Hannah McKay/PA Wire/Press Association Images
England Women's Rugby World Cup winner and England Rugby 2015 ambassador Maggie Alphonsi, RFU Board Member Ian Metcalfe and RFU Chairman Bill Beaumont, with the Webb Ellis Cup on Scafell Pike Credit: Hannah McKay/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Rugby World Cup reaches new heights in Cumbria

The rugby world cup trophy has been in Cumbria as part of its 100-day tour around the British Isles.

It's the cup's second visit to our region. The tour began on the England Scotland Border at Carter Bar in June.

The organisers said they felt on top of the world after taking the trophy up Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain. Later it went on to inspire young players in Workington.

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