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Weather won't worry us - Townsend

Scotland will maintain their expansive approach even if the wild weather in Invercargill continues for their World Cup Pool B clash with Georgia on Wednesday.

Scotland hope the flaws apparent in the opening win over Romania have been resolved and are unfazed by the low temperatures, high winds and sleet experienced this week in the World Cup's most southerly destination.

Attack coach Gregor Townsend said: "We believe we can still move around this Georgian team in any sort of weather. We just have to be smart when playing against the wind and when we're playing with it to make the right decisions."

He added: "If it does become a forward battle - if the conditions are really bad - then our players have got to match that.

"This is a huge challenge for our players. Georgia will be one of the strongest packs any team will come up against in the World Cup. Our players are up for that challenge."

Townsend defended the decision to train on Australia's Gold Coast prior to the tournament, insisting it was about preparation, rather than acclimatisation.

"We are familiar with these conditions so we don't need to prepare too much for it," he added.

"If we had come out here earlier we might not have been able to do quality training sessions."


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