Townsend braced for 'hugely motivated' Canada

Gregor Townsend
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Gregor Townsend says Canada will see Scotland as a "big potential scalp" as his side prepare for the first game of their summer tour on Saturday.

Scotland face Canada in Ottowa before games against USA, Chile and Uruguay, and Townsend is not expecting an easy start.

"They will be very physical," he said. "We used to play them a lot more regularly, they were always physical.

"They will be hugely motivated. Having missed out on the World Cup and now getting the chance to play a Six Nations team is a big potential scalp for them.

"They are playing at home as well, so there’s obviously a lot of pride there - we’ve got to deal with that.

"We’ve got to adapt to see what is working for us, what they are trying to do to us and focus on improving throughout the game."

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