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Wilson happy with Ireland rivalry

30th July 2019, 07:16 by Alex Jack

Scotland back-rower Ryan Wilson says there is no love lost between his side and Ireland ahead of their opening World Cup encounter.

The Scots will take on familiar opposition in their first game of the tournament in Japan on September 22 in Yokohama when they face the third highest ranked side in the world, Ireland.

Wilson was asked about the relationship between the two teams going into the Pool A crunch match and the Glasgow Warriors star admitted there is no love lost between the squads.

He said: "No there isn't – and I quite enjoy it! There is an edge there, but you could say the same against England, couldn't you?

"There is a good edge there with Ireland but that is what makes these games exciting and they are always physical games against Ireland, so that first encounter is going to be a really physical and a tough one out in Japan, so I suppose it is who comes off better after that.

"Ireland did well in the Six Nations and we didn't, some people might say the pressure is on Ireland, but it is a different tournament and we will see where we are come September."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

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