SCOTLAND started its Rugby World Cup with its toughest opening game against current defending champions South Africa.
And the intensive preparation before the game was too much for one of the team’s stars in another way, as he cried when he heard the national anthem.
belong to what is commonly referred to as the group of for the tournament in .
Gregor Townsend’s side were not only drawn alongside the Springboks, but also(No. 1 in the world and winner of a Six Nations Grand Slam), Tonga and .
It will take a huge effort to reach the knockout stages but there is a belief in the Scotland camp that it will happenin the dark may a surprise.
In the run-up to kick-off for this year’s tournament aThe choir performed each team’s national anthem with the players along with.
When the Flower of Scotland sounded at the Stade VelodromeGrant Gilchrist could be seen tearing up with emotion.
Commentator Andrew Cotter noted on the BBC: “Grant Gilchrist is moved to tears.”
The game was the experienced Scottish lock’s 66th appearance for his country.
Gilchrist, 33, played forHe played at club level for the duration of his professional career and was selected for the Scotland squad in both the 2015 and 2019 editions .
At the time of writing, South Africa were leading Scotland 18-3.
Before thehas started the Scottish national team posted a throwback photo showing two members of the force Players look remarkably different.
In the picture, Richie Gray is seen meeting a young Ollie Smith. There are eleven years between the two players, with Gray now a senior member of the squad and Smith an up-and-coming player.
It’s also been a turbulent week for scrum-half Ali Price as he and his partner announced they are expecting a baby.
He and the other half Annie revealed thisJust 24 hours before the tournament starts on Friday.
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