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Rugby World Cup: Write off Scotland at your peril, warns Alasdair Dickinson

By Andrew Baldock

Alasdair Dickinson knows Scotland will be written off as no-hopers when they take on Australia but the prop is refusing to bite back at their doubters.

Instead the Edinburgh loosehead insists the Dark Blues will give their response when they run out at Twickenham for Sunday's World Cup quarter-final clash with the Wallabies.

Front-row colleague WP Nel claims the Scots can make a surprise bid for the title, but that is not a view shared by most pundits, who are already speculating on the scale of an Australian victory.

Dickinson took a more cautious approach when asked if he shared his team-mate's confidence but he refused to concede that Vern Cotter's team have already gone as far as they can manage.

He said: "It's a tough question to answer... Cheers WP.

"I'm pretty old school. For me, it's just the next game. When you start thinking too far ahead, you're going to slip up.

"It doesn't bother me that we're being written off though. If you look at it on paper who would think we have a chance? That's just the way it is.

"I wouldn't say anybody is going to say that Scotland are going to win. You might get the odd one putting a tenner on us, chancing his arm.

"But there's no point in shouting your mouth off. It's better to go about your business aiming to win.

"I'm pretty sure most of the Australian media will be talking about the semi-final already but for us this is our final. We got through the group which was our first objective.

"Now it's knock-out rugby. Anything can happen."

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