World ranking: Seventh
Qualification: 2015 quarter-finals
Best result: Fourth 1991
TAB odds: $34
Chances: On rankings, Scotland should progress through pool play, but face a tough group that includes hosts Japan and historic giantkillers Samoa, as well as Ireland.
Will need to be on top of their game throughout the tournament, because if they make it to the quarter-finals, they crossover with the NZ/South Africa pool.
Pool draw (NZT)
Ireland v Scotland, Yokohama City, 7:45pm (live updates)
Scotland v Samoa, Kobe City, 11:15pm
Scotland v Russia, Shizukoa Prefecture, 8:15pm
Japan v Scotland, Yokohama City, 11:45pm (live updates)