TOKYO, 19 Sep – Centre Sam Johnson insists a confident Scotland are "ready to rock and roll" as they prepare to tackle Ireland in their Pool A opener in Yokohama on Sunday.
Gregor Townsend’s side may be seventh in the world rankings, but Johnson believes a neutral venue and their familiarity with the world's No.1 team gives them every chance of success.
"You have got to look at the top," said the native Queenslander, who qualified for Scotland on residency, when asked what supporters should expect from them.
"We are aware of the challenge with Ireland this weekend, so we are just focusing on that game.
"They are No.1 in the world, but we are confident. They have got a few injuries, but they are going to replace that with real quality as well.
"We are in a different country, so that levels out the playing field. We will see what the conditions are like. The forecast is rain. Whoever rocks up the best and is ready to play will come out on top."
Johnson, pictured above scoring against Georgia, does not expect Ireland to be weakened by the loss of centre Robbie Henshaw, who will miss the game with a hamstring injury.
"Robbie is a class player and you never want to see anyone down injured or miss out. But they have got Bundee (Aki), and Garry Ringrose and Chris Farrell, who are all class operators. So we will be aware of the threat, whatever combination they choose.
"Their kicking game is going to be a huge strength for them, especially if it is going to be wet.
"We have just got to put as much pressure on their half-back pairing of (Conor) Murray and (Johnny) Sexton. They are world-class players."
It was against Ireland in this year's Six Nations that Johnson scored his first try for his adopted country in only his second test.
But it proved a chastening experience for the Scots, who were beaten 22-13 after conceding two early tries, as the Irish strangled their attacking game in the second half.
"Ireland are such a physical team," said Johnson, 26, who has six caps. A lot of their work comes off Murray, and Sexton orchestrates it from behind.
"We are expecting a hugely physical encounter, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have the flair out wide to break you on the edges."
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