The Autumn Tests kick off against Samoa. The powerful and exciting South Sea Islanders have been playing international rugby since 1924 and have beaten Australia, Wales and Italy in recent years.
The last time Samoa played in Scotland (at Pittodrie in 2010) they won 19-16. However, they’ve met three
times since then with the Scots winning each game: in Apia (17-16) during the 2012 Summer Tour; in Durban (27-17) in 2013 as part of a quadrangular tournament, and most recently – and most crucially – in Newcastle during the 2015 Rugby World Cup, when a late Greig Laidlaw try sealed a dramatic 36-33 victory and passage to the quarter-finals.
New head coach Gregor Townsend’s first home game promises to be an absolute cracker!