THE Six Nations concludes tonight, six days later than scheduled, with a huge match between France and Scotland.
Originally postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak in the French dressing room, supporters in Wales will be glued to the TV screens to see if Scotland can return a favour from 1999 and win them the Six Nations.
France picked up an epic last minute win over Wales at the weekend to keep their Six Nations title dream aliveCredit: Reuters
Scotland could deny France the Six Nations and hand the title to WalesCredit: Alamy
That year, Wales beat England at Wembley to deny the Red Rose the title and hand Scotland the last ever Five Nations trophy.
But France will be brimming with confidence after beating Wales with 14 men in the 82nd minute to keep their Six Nations title dream alive.
What time does France vs Scotland kick off?
What TV channel is France vs Scotland on and can I live stream it?
- France vs Scotland is live on BBC One.
- Coverage commences at 7.30pm – half an hour before kick-off.
- To stream the game live, head to the BBC iPlayer.
- France 2 is broadcasting the Six Nations in France.
Can I watch France vs Scotland for free?
- Yes. BBC is free for all UK viewers with a TV licence.
Romain Ntamack replaces Mathieu Jalibert following his injury against Wales as France make five changes.
Bernard Le Roux, Swan Rebbadj, Anthony Jelonch and centre Arthur Vincent have all been recalled for the French.
The suspended Paul Willemse, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin and Teddy Thomas are the players to miss out.
Matt Fagerson has suffered a training injury for Scotland and will be replaced by Nick Haining.
Chris Harris, Ali Price and George Turner return to the line-up.
Huw Jones, Scott Steele and Dave Cherry move to the bench while Sean Maitland misses out as Scotland have only been allowed to call up five England-based players under an agreement with the Premiership.
France XV to face Scotland
Scotland XV to face France
To win the match
To win the Six Nations
Today’s game is being played outside of the international window, meaning Scotland have been restricted to selecting just five players who play domestic rugby in England.
Fifty-three cap man Sean Maitland is one of those who misses out – with the Saracens man not in the five selected this evening.
For Maitland it could hamper his hopes of a Lions call-up with competition for places on this summer’s tour to South Africa being fierce.
WHAT FRANCE NEED
For France it’s simple – win by twenty-one points and score four tries or more (which would secure a bonus point).
That’s no easy task though.
Should France win by 20 points, the title will be decided based on tries scored throughout the tournament.
Going into this match, France have scored five fewer tries than Wales.
WHAT WALES NEED
Wales fans will be watching tonight’s game from behind their sofas as their Six Nations title hopes hinge on Scottish shoulders.
Here’s what the Dragons need for them to lift the trophy:
- Wales will win the title if France fail to beat Scotland with a bonus point.
- A bonus point is awarded for teams scoring four tries.
- In addition to picking a bonus point, France must also beat Scotland by a margin of 21 points to secure the title.
- Should France win by a margin of 20 points, the Six Nations winner will come down to tries scored. France have currently scored five tries fewer than Wales.
HOGG’S HACKED OFF
Scotland skipper Stuart Hogg has not been best pleased with some of the comments in the lead up to the game on France overturning a twenty-one point deficit.
Speaking in the week he said:
“A lot has been said that’s beginning to hack me off.
“The fact that they’ve got to get twenty-one points.
“We read a quote from one of their players saying that they’ve got a trophy to win. As a proud Scotsman, that hurt me a lot.
“We win by eight points, and we finish the highest we’ve ever finished in a Six Nations.
“That’s the motivation for us. It’s going to be one hell of a challenge, an open game of rugby, and we’re really, really excited for it.”
And here’s a look at the replacements for Scotland:
16 David Cherry, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Alex Craig, 20 Nick Haining, 21 Scott Steele, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Huw Jones
Fabien Galthie has these men at his disposal to come off the bench for Les Bleus:
16 Camille Chat, 17 Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Dylan Cretin, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Anthony Bouthier, 23 Teddy Thomas
SCOTLAND STARTING XV
And this is how Scotland start the game this evening.
Nick Haining is in for Matt Fagerson who picked up an injury in training during the week.
Chris Harris, Ali Price and George Turner return to the line-up.
Huw Jones, Scott Steele and Dave Cherry drop to the bench while Sean Maitland misses out as Scotland have only been allowed to call up five England-based players.
15 Stuart Hogg (c), 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price
1 Rory Sutherland, 2 George Turner, 3 Zander Fagerson, 4 Sam Skinner, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 6 Jamie Ritchie, 7 Hamish Watson, 8 Matt Fagerson
FRANCE STARTING XV
Here’s a look at the starting side that Fabien Galthie has named for this evening.
Romain Ntamack is in at fly-half after Mathieu Jalibert’s injury against Wales.
Bernard Le Roux, Swan Rebbadj, Anthony Jelonch and centre Arthur Vincent have all been recalled.
The suspended Paul Willemse, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin and Teddy Thomas are the players who drop out.
15 Brice Dulin, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Arthur Vincent, 11 Gael Fickou, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont
1 Cyrille Baile, 2 Juilen Marchand, 3 Mohamed Haouas, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 5 Swan Rebbadj, 6 Anthony Jelonch, 7 Charles Ollivon (c), 8 Gregory Alldritt
The Six Nations comes to a conclusion tonight as France take on Scotland in Paris.
The trophy will be decided this evening six days later than originally scheduled with Welsh title hopes resting on Scottish shoulders.
Wales will lift the Six Nations trophy if France fail to beat Scotland with a bonus point and a twenty-one point winning margin.
Les Bleus will be full of confidence though after coming from ten points down against Wales last week to score twice in the last five minutes and keep their title hopes alive.
That win ended Welsh Grand Slam hopes and means the tournament comes down to the final game tonight.
There is incentive for Scotland as well though, a bonus point win would see them finish as runners-up for the FIRST time since the tournament was expanded to six teams in 2000.
This fixture was originally scheduled to be played in February but a Coronavirus outbreak in the French camp means the game had to be postponed until after the international window.
That means Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend is only permitted to select five players who play their domestic rugby in England.
Sean Maitland is one of those to miss out because of the restriction.
Full team news is coming up next with kick off for this one at 8pm.
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