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Seven Tigers involved as WXV 2 nears completion

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This weekend will see the final games of WXV 2, with seven Tigers set to be involved in the closing matches. 

The match with the highest stakes is undoubtedly Scotland taking on Japan, with the Scots in a tight-knit race with Italy to top the WXV 2 table. Currently sitting in second place on points difference, Scotland must best Italy's result by over seven points in order to claim the title.

Three Tigers are involved in this must-win matchup, with Leah Bartlett and Francesca McGhie both retaining their places, at prop and wing respectively, for the third consecutive game, while hooker Elis Martin will look to make an impact from the bench.

This match is the opening WXV 2 game of the weekend, with kick-off set for 1pm today, Friday, October 27.

The other match to take place on Friday will also feature a Tiger, as Catha Jacobs starts at No. 8 for South Africa as they take on Samoa (kick-off: 3.30pm UK time). 

The final match of the weekend is one Scotland will doubtlessly be watching, with three Tigers starting as the USA take on group leaders Italy.

Keia Mae Sagapolu returns to a starting place in the XV, beginning the game at tighthead prop.

Elsewhere in the pack, Tahlia Brody retains her place at flanker, the back-row offered the chance to extend her lead at the top of the WXV 2 tackle table, after recording 38 tackles across the opening two matches. 

Finally, Tess Feury moves to her more typical full-back position, having started on the wing in the opening two WXV 2 fixtures. 

The USA will take on Italy on Saturday, October 28, with kick-off scheduled for 4pm.