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We've got to start well - Ansbro

Scotland depart for Australia's Gold Coast on Saturday to begin their final preparations for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Centre Joe Ansbro is eager for Andy Robinson's 30-man squad to start well when their tournament begins on September 10 against Romania in Invercargill, with matches against Georgia, Argentina and England to follow.

He said: "They will all be fairly tough, physical packs and we're going to have to hit the ground running - we can't start slowly. That's a big priority. When that first whistle goes we'll explode out of the blocks."

Seven players missed the final selection cut, with three other members of Robinson's 40-man provisional squad ruled out through injury.

Robinson utilised his full squad in warm-up wins over Ireland and Italy, and Ansbro is now intent on staking his claim for a starting place.

He added: "The guys are itching. There's a lot of competition for places - that was highlighted in the last two games.

"Everyone's pushing for a starting spot - we all want to be involved.

"Getting in the squad is one thing but obviously you want to get into the 15, and then it's about performing and inspiring the nation."


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