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Scots confirm World Cup warm-ups

Scotland will face Ireland and Italy at Murrayfield next year as part of their preparations for Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand.

Ireland visit Murrayfield on Saturday, August 6 for the first warm-up match before Italy travel to the home of Scottish Rugby a fortnight later on Saturday, August 20.

Kick-off times have still to be confirmed as have ticket prices.

Scotland, unbeaten in their last four cap internationals, are currently occupying seventh place in the IRB world rankings - equalling their highest position since the rankings were established.

Head coach Andy Robinson said: "I am pleased that we are able to confirm these fixtures.

"Both will provide the exact sort of intensity that will be part and parcel of a World Cup tournament.

"Inevitably there will be much talk of the World Cup over the next year but the key thing for us is to remain focused on improvement and to respect and concentrate on our opponents in our next game - and for us that's against New Zealand in the autumn Tests at Murrayfield in November.

"I'm looking forward to that game and our autumn Tests against South Africa and Samoa.

"The players will be determined to inspire our supporters, old and new, in these Tests and the fans have a part to play too by roaring on Scotland."

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