HAMAMATSU, 8 Oct – If Scotland prop Gordon Reid brings anything like the energy and spark to Wednesday's Pool A match against Russia as he did to his appearance before the media on Monday, he could probably tackle the Bears single-handed.  

The ebullient prop, one of the jokers in the squad, has been posting videos on social media of his attempts to communicate with Japanese taxi drivers in his distinctive west Scotland brogue.

His latest video poked fun at Scotland captain Stuart McInally for being given a double room to himself, while the other 30 players in the squad are all sharing rooms with single beds.

"(Coach) Gregor (Townsend) has given me trouble for a few of them but I want to have fun and experience different things," he said. "You don't get to do this every day. I'm grabbing it with both hands." he said.

Reid's 10 minutes in front of a sizeable and bemused Japanese media contingent at Hamamatsu's Musical Instrument Museum was certainly something of a tour de force.

He addressed the challenge Russia will present on his first start of the tournament saying he expected a "massive battle" between two passionate teams, before sharing a major off-field challenge of his own: Japanese food.

"I have tried sushi. It is not really agreeing with me but I am trying it. I saw these things … they can only be described as like meatballs … but one was purple and one was green," Reid said.

"I didn't have a clue what it was. I tried it, and I'm not going to lie, it was actually quite good. It wasn't the best, but it was all right. I am loving the katsu chicken curry though."

Reid, 32, gives the impression of a man determined to enjoy his second, and almost certainly last, World Cup. He is back among a contingent of old Glasgow team-mates in the Scotland squad after an unhappy season at London Irish when, he said, he was going through a bad time and missing his family.

He is sharing a room in Japan with kindred spirit and fellow prop Willem Nel, who spoke last week about the difficulty of being away from a young family for such a long period.

"We are getting each other through it, and that is the thing about teams," said Reid, pictured above left with daughter Emerson, alongside Stuart Hogg and daughter Olivia at the end of a warm-up match against France in August. "You help each other through the bad times, though it is not really bad times - the family knows we are out here to represent our country.

"People would give their left leg, their right leg, their left everything to be over here, to be in the position we are. We have got a chance to do something special."

Reid's glass-half-full approach to life was evident in his response to the possibility that Typhoon Hagibis could hit Japan this weekend and potentially move to the Tokyo area by Sunday, when Scotland play Japan in Yokohama.

"Come on, we are from Scotland," he grinned. "We have had worse weather - rain, hail, everything - in one day. It doesn't matter, it's fine. We have coped well with a lot more. 

"We are used to this kind of thing. Whatever it is, rain, shine, snow, we're going to go out there and play and give 100 per cent."

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