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Scotland confirm Rugby World Cup warm-up fixtures with France, Ireland and Italy

Scotland have confirmed they will play France, Ireland and Italy as part of their preparations for this year's Rugby World Cup.

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Scotland's preparations for the Rugby World Cup will include fixtures against France, Ireland and Italy in August and September.

The competition will be held in England and runs from mid-September until the end of October, with Scotland kicking off their build-up against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on August 15.

Fixtures against Italy at the Olympic Stadium in Turin and Edinburgh's Murrayfield follow later that month before Vern Cotter's men take on the French at the Stade de France in Paris on September 5.

The Scots then get their World Cup campaign under way against Pool B opponents Japan at Kingsholm, with Cotter explaining that the warm-up fixtures would offer an ideal opportunity for rotation.

"Clearly our priority at the moment is the forthcoming Six Nations, however we are pleased to confirm four matches against top quality international opposition ahead of the Rugby World Cup," he said.

"The games will allow us to rotate and test a large group of players throughout these preparatory matches in what is the last opportunity for everyone to put their hand up for selection."

Scotland will take on Samoa, South Africa and United States in the remainder of their Pool B clashes.

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