While a number of the starting XV jersey will be nailed on, head coach Gregor Townsend still has a few tough decisions to make across the park

Who should start for Scotland in Rugby World Cup 2019 opener against Ireland?

Scotland kick off their 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign on Sunday when they face Ireland in Group A of the historic competition.

Who should line up in the Starting XV for the dark blues in Yokohama though? Here are our thoughts.

He may have struggled for consistency lately but on his day he is amongst the best in the northern hemisphere

5. Jonny Gray

He may have struggled for consistency lately but on his day he is amongst the best in the northern hemisphere
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Entering his third World Cup Barclay will bring experience and leadership

6. John Barclay

Entering his third World Cup Barclay will bring experience and leadership
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Another who is nailed on for his jersey, Watson has become a fan favourite due to his excellent performances in recent years

7. Hamish Watson

Another who is nailed on for his jersey, Watson has become a fan favourite due to his excellent performances in recent years
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The Glasgow back rower could be unlucky to miss out on his favoured position at blind-side but he is more than capable of putting in a shift at 8

8. Ryan Wilson

The Glasgow back rower could be unlucky to miss out on his favoured position at blind-side but he is more than capable of putting in a shift at 8
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