Fly-half Finn Russell believes the World Cup should show the “real Scotland” after a disappointing Six Nations campaign.

Scotland recorded just one victory in the Six Nations, with a number of injuries to senior players proving key to their fifth place finish.

Gregor Townsend’s squad take on Ireland in their first game of Pool A – which also includes Russia, Samoa and hosts Japan – and Russell believes they can get through to the knock-out phase.

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“It should be the real Scotland we see now,” Russell said.

“This is the main stage, the World Cup, so if it’s not the real Scotland we see then it will be disappointing for all of us.

“On our day, if we get things right we’re definitely capable of getting out of the group. From there it’s knock-out rugby and you take it game by game.

“We’re here to do our job and give our best performance. If we stay injury-free I think we’re in a great position to do that.”

Scotland finished their Six Nations campaign with a historic 38-38 draw against England at Twickenham, but Russell was frustrated with the side’s consistency in the tournament.

Scotland drew 38-38 against England in the Six Nations but had a disappointing campaign overall Scotland drew 38-38 against England in the Six Nations but had a disappointing campaign overall Scotland drew 38-38 against England in the Six Nations but had a disappointing campaign overall

“The Six Nations was up and down – it all seemed to be games of two halves,” the 26-year-old added.

“Against Italy the first half was great, then we let in three late tries. We had a good first period against Ireland too but slipped off again. Then the England game was like that but in reverse.