Scotland coach Vern Cotter admits his side have a lot of work to do before the November Tests against Argentina, New Zealand and Tonga.
Cotter linked up with Scotland over the off-season and their June tour to the Americas and South Africa but this will mark the first occasion he has had time to prepare his squad.
The good news for the former Clermont boss is that Glasgow Warriors have started the season in flying form, with three wins from three in the Guinness PRO12, while Edinburgh also kicked off with a shock win at Munster, before defeats to Connacht and the Ospreys.
But after losing the final game of their June tour 55-6 to South Africa, Cotter knows his team are still playing catch-up.
“As things stand it’s obvious that we’re not ready for the World Cup. In our last game we were beaten by 50 points in South Africa,” Cotter told the Daily Record.
“It’s about being consistent, not getting up for just one match.
“The autumn [November] Tests are a good mix. We take on the best team in the world and Argentina will be tougher than when we beat them in June over there.
“At the end of that we will have a pretty good idea where we stand in the global scene.”