Scotland’s recent resurgence will have rugby fans in the country looking forward rather than backwards.
That being said, they may well want to recall their 2015 World Cup game against Samoa, as the islanders could be one of the sides they face at the 2019 tournament.
Samoa were forced into the play-offs to reach the tournament in Japan after Fiji and Tonga earned the automatic qualifying places in the Pacific Nations Cup. Fiji won the tournament, while Tonga were runners-up.
The Samoans now face the prospect of a tough game against the winner of Czech Republic and Portugal versus the second-place team in the 2018 Rugby Europe Championship (excluding Georgia, who have already qualified).
They are favorites to progress, thus it’s likely the Scots will be getting acquainted with their island opposition once more.
They’ll have a chance to get used to them before that when the teams face-off in Murrayfield as part of the Autumn internationals on November 11.
Scotland are 35/1 to win the 2019 tournament.
Rugby World Cup 2019:
Pool A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Europe 1, play-off winner
Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Africa 1, repachage winner
Pools C: England, France, Argentina, USA, Tonga
Pool D: Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, Americas 2