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Scots keeping calm before the big Irish storm, insists Horne


Focused: Scotland’s Peter Horne is relishing Ireland clash
Focused: Scotland’s Peter Horne is relishing Ireland clash

By Andy Newport

Peter Horne insists Scotland will not be losing sleep ahead of their World Cup opener with Ireland in Yokohama.

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The Scots have stepped up their preparations for facing Joe Schmidt's men on Sunday after switching base to Tokyo.

Their week-long camp in the sweltering southern port city of Nagasaki allowed Gregor Townsend's team to shake off their jet lag and acclimatise to Japanese conditions.

Thankfully for Glasgow centre Horne, the temperatures have dropped from last week's stifling 33 degree high on the East China Sea coast.

A thunderstorm was predicted to lash down over the International Stadium this weekend, although forecasters now say the chance of rain has lessened.

But whatever happens in the heavens, Horne is so content with the planning put in by Townsend's back-room staff that he is certain he will not be left awake all night worrying.

He said: "I'm feeling alright after getting over the jet lag. I think my little girl prepped me for a lack of sleep.

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"It's not often you get two weeks to build up and focus on a specific game, so we've done a lot of preparation.

"I find now that the night before a game you often sleep your best because you've done all your work, so you can go off to bed knowing there's not much to worry about.

"Everyone has been so pumped about this game for ages, the coaches, the players."

Ireland will be without British and Irish Lion Robbie Henshaw this weekend after he suffered a hamstring injury. The Leinster centre's place is likely to go to Garry Ringrose and Horne admits that will not make the midfield an easier place to operate.

"Henshaw's a great player, he's such a good defender but has good go-forward too," he said.

"They lose one and Ringrose comes in and he's awesome."

Meanwhile, Jamie Ritchie has rejoined Townsend's team for full training for the first time since fracturing his cheekbone against Georgia earlier this month.

Ritchie is eyeing up a return against Samoa in the Dark Blues' second group game.

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