Rugby World Cup: Scotland and Wales can land our 39/1 double

Hopefully, both of these games go ahead.

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At the time of writing, these games were going ahead. Words you never think you would type about a major tournament like a Rugby World Cup, but here we are.

There has been so much written about Typhoon Hagibis, that people could be forgiven for not paying too much attention to Sunday’s action on the field.

First up for us is the meeting of Wales and Uruguay in the Kumamoto Stadium at 9.15am. Wales need to win this one to finish top of the group and no one is expecting anything less.

After all, this is just the second time these two sides will cross the whitewash to face each other and the last time didn’t work out too well for the men in light blue. Their only previous encounter was their World Cup meeting in 2015, when Wales won 54-9.

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Wales make 13 changes to the starting XV which played against Fiji.

This is the highest number of changes ever made to a Wales team at a Rugby World Cup as Hadleigh Parkes and Josh Adams are the only players from the 15 who started against Fiji to retain their places.

Will these be cause for worry? No. The first part of our double is picking how much Wales will win by.

Wales have scored 29 against Australia and Fiji, while they racked up 43 against Georgia. Looking at Uruguay as the weakest in the Pool, we expect the Dragons to run over 50 on this one.

So, we are going with Wales to cover the handicap (-41) at Evens for the first part of our Sunday double.

The second part of our punt will be calling Scotland and Japan. This is going to be a must-watch (if it goes ahead of course). Both sides have a point to prove, a quarter-final to qualify for and a grudge to settle. Well, the Scots feel like they have anyway.

Scotland have made 12 changes to the team which beat Russia earlier this week. Fraser Brown, Darcy Graham and Tommy Seymour are the only players selected for the starting XV who started earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Japan have made four changes to the starting XV which beat Samoa last Saturday.

Hooker Shota Horie returns from the bench last week to the starting line-up. Second-row Luke Thompson returns to replace Wimpie van der Walt who drops out of the 23 as winger Kenki Fukuoka, who scored the winning try against Ireland, replaces Lomano Lemeki on the left. Lastly Full-back William Tupou comes in for Ryohei Yamanaka who is now on the bench.

The handicap on the game is (-3), but we have a novel idea for this one. With all that has gone on.

With all the legal issues, World rugby statements and Typhoons. With all the threats of calling off the game and it being a draw, I have to go for a 19/1 draw here. Just imagine the reaction.

Just imagine, sitting there, after the week we have all put down, to just openly chuckle at the irony of it all.

Yes, I am a weirdo, but if it does come through, it would be some craic and one hell of a story to tell your mates.

Get on it… You’d be sickened if you didn’t.

* All bets on Japan v Scotland will be void if this match does not take place on Sunday 13th October, or takes place in a different venue than originally advertised.

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* All odds correct at time of posting. 

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