Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen believes Scotland can make the most of a favourable draw at the World Cup.
Andy Robinson's side begin with pool games against Romania and Georgia before sterner tests against Argentina and England.
"I think it's a great draw," Lineen told BBC Scotland. "You're easing into it. They're all hard games but they're definitely winnable.
"It's a real opportunity and Andy will know that and the players know that."
Auckland-born Lineen made 29 appearances for Scotland and thinks his adopted nation can prosper in the land of his birth.
Scotland meet Romania on Saturday and Lineen, who played at the 1991 tournament, is confident that Robinson's side will get off to a flying start.
"I'd say Andy Robinson has definitely marked that down as a victory," he said.
"It's how they deal with it down in Invercargill. There will be a lot of Scottish supporters down there and it will be reasonably cold.
"Romania have a good forward pack and they will take advantage of any mistakes. It's more to do with discipline I think for Scotland, and it's how much they're going to win by really, rather than if are they going to win it.
"I know Andy will want to get off to a good start and play an exciting brand of rugby, but at the back of his mind will be - get the basics done well, get a win under the belt in the first game of the World Cup and we'll go from there.
"There won't be anything too flashy early on.
"The games against Georgia, Argentina and England will be harder.
"The squad are very fit, very motivated and New Zealand's a great place to hold a World Cup - if you're Scottish - there's a lot of support for Scotland out there."