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Romania plan to restrict Gontineac

Romania will aim to disrupt and slow down Scotland in Saturday's World Cup Pool B opener in Invercargill according to coach Romeo Gontineac.

The Oaks named a starting XV showing six changes to the side which beat Ukraine 41-16 last month, with eight players surviving from the side which lost 85-8 to New Zealand during the last tournament in 2007.

"Scotland will try to play their own game. We'll try to slow down their game and play our own game," he said.

"Scotland is a big team, a team that has played such good rugby. We are going to try and limit them. They like to play a fast game, and it will be hard for us. But we will not drop the guns for this match.

"We are looking to (play) the most experienced team. It will be a hard match and most people didn't even expect us to be here. We know it will be a very hard game for us.

"We need the team to be able to go forward."

Scrum-half Lucian Sirbu will equal his coach's record of being present at four World Cups, although he was not used in the 1999 tournament.

Romania team to play Scotland in World Cup Pool B in Invercargill on Saturday, September 10 (kick-off 1300 local time, 0200BST):

I Dumitras; S Ciuntu, C Gal, I Dimofte, M Lemnaru, M Dumbrava, L Sirbu; M Lazar, M Tincu (capt), P Ion, V Ursache, C Petre, M Macovei, O Tonita, D Carpo.

Replacements: B Suman, S Florea, V Poparlan, S Burcea, F Surugiu, I Cazan, F Vlaicu.


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