Russia team coach Nikolay Nerush says his 30-man squad for the autumn Rugby World Cup is almost complete.
Though the squad have over a month to go until their departure for New Zealand, and are currently in England to play a series of warm-up matches, Nerush says that he has already decided on the majority of his names to take Down Under.
"We are already nearing our best side to take part in the World Cup," he said. "I can't say that all of those who are going to Britain are 100 per cent going to be the tournament squad - we haven't taken some guys who are injured.
"But 90 per cent, or maybe more, of those who are going to train in Britain will go to the World Cup."
The Russian team arrive in England on 7 August for warm-up matches against Northampton Saiints and Gloucester, before facing Newport-Gwent Dragons and Ospreys in Wales.
And coach Nerush says the fixtures will prove good preparations for the Russia team, who will make their World Cup debut in 2011.
"We've have started to play organised games, in order to move smoothly into the forthcoming matches," he said.
Russia face possibly the toughest of all the World Cup groups, having been drawn in Pool C alongside Australia, Ireland, Italy and USA.
Their campaign in New Zealand gets underway on 15 September against fellow minnows USA in New Plymouth.
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