Scotland vs Samoa; World Cup pool stage nearly at halfway

TOKYO (AP) — Scotland and Samoa meet in Pool A on Monday as the Rugby World Cup group-stage approaches the halfway mark.

The Scots are coming off a 27-3 loss to Ireland, which then lost in a World Cup shocker to host Japan. The Samoans opened with a win over Russia but have been forced to reshuffle the lineup because of injuries and the suspension of two players for high tackles.

The second weekend off the tournament culminated with Six Nations champion Wales holding off a resurgent Australian lineup on Sunday night to take control of Pool D.

There's a rest day on Tuesday, before the defending champion All Blacks are back in action on Wednesday against Canada.

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More AP Rugby World Cup: https://www.apnews.com/RugbyWorldCup and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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