- 21 Sep 07, 06:07 PM
Edinburgh - Murrayfield will be close to capacity, The Haka will will be performed by the All Blacks (in a nice light grey) and the Scotland team which lines up to face it will be far from full-strength.
The team which Scotland coach Frank Hadden has chosen is certainly not a surprise but it does offer plenty of talking-points.
Firstly, of course, is it the right thing to do? Former coach Ian McGeechan has said it is realistically the only option with the crunch Italian game following just six days after.
Yes, there is a ring of truth to Hadden's words about it not being a strict 'second 15' since it does contain Chris Paterson, Simon Webster and the returning Andy Henderson. And Scotland do have far better strength in depth across the board than they did two years ago.
But equally there is no doubt that perhaps only one or two positions are filled by the current first-choices for the jerseys.
And what about Scotland's new boys? The day before his 21st birthday, flanker John Barclay will earn his first cap against the world's best team. And also making his debut is prop Alasdair Dickinson, who coincidentally celebrated his birthday after joining the squad last week. Perhaps we could give party hats and streamers to Chris Masoe and Carl Hayman.
So the final question is simply what would be a good result for Scotland? - any professional sporting team will still talk of possible victory, but can Scotland even hope for that with this line-up, against a side which they have never beaten?
Is it instead a case of hoping for an honourable defeat? - one which doesn't shred carefully-nurtured confidence ahead of the showdown with Italy.
That would be a strange way for any Scotland side and Scottish supporters to be approaching a game at Murrayfield. But the way the draw for this World Cup has worked out, Frank Hadden and Scotland may have been forced into exactly that situation.
Andrew Cotter is a BBC Sport commentator specialising in rugby union and golf. He is covering Scotland at the World Cup for Radio 5live and you can see the station's full broadcast schedule here.