The 2024 Six Nations kicks off on Friday evening with a massive clash in Marseille as the reigning holders, Ireland, face France.
- Scotland vs France
- 2:15pm, Saturday, February 10th
- Murrayfield, Edinburgh
It was a dramatic start to this year’s Six Nations for Gregor Townsend’s Scotland, who will have come out of what should have been a famous win in Cardiff, disappointed.
It was their first win in the Welsh capital for 22 years and given the millstone that has been around the neck of the Scottish team, it looked as though the tide had turned when they cruised to a 27-0 lead early in the second-half on Sunday.
Unfortunately, that they conceded 26 points without reply and only edged past Wales by a single point, it has left Townsend and his staff with just as many questions to answer.
They will be relieved to be back on home turf, but Murrayfield is actually a ground France have fond memories of, having won in Edinburgh two years ago.
However Les Blues are coming in on the back of a disappointing result themselves, having been comprehensively beaten on the opening night in Marseille by Ireland, 17-38.
Without their talismanic captain Antoine Dupont, it could take them some time for them to find the kind of form that has made them so brilliant in recent years but if anyone has the players to find a solution, it is Fabian Galthie.
Scotland will be without Richie Gray and Luke Crosbie for the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.
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Neither side came out of their respective games last week covered in glory. France would have hoped to put up a better showing on home soil after failing to make it past the quarter-finals of a home World Cup, but came unstuck against an admittedly strong Ireland side.
Scotland meanwhile finally got the monkey off their back with a win in Wales, but it came having almost given up a 27 point half-time lead.
We think the return to Murrayfield will boost the Scots, and they certainly have enough firepower to overcome the French. If they can put a full 80 minutes together, this could be the game of the weekend.
Duhan van der Merve to score Scotland’s first try
The South African-born winger has been a sensation since making his debut in 2020 for Scotland. Having made just 35 appearances for his adopted nation, he already has 23 tries to his name including two in the first-half rout of Wales in Cardiff.
Along with Finn Russell, he is their main attacking threat with ball in hand and they will surely be looking for him to make valuable ground on Saturday.
We take a closer look at the two lineups for Saturday’s intriguing clash at Murrayfield.
Co-captain Rory Darge returns to the starting XV after missing the win over Wales in Cardiff last week, and comes in at the expense of former skipper Jamie Ritchie who drops out of the matchday squad altogether, along with Luke Crosbie. Richie Gray and Blair Kinghorn also miss out through injury.
- Z Fagerson
- M Fagerson
- Darge (co-capt)
- Russell (co-capt)
- Van der Merwe
- H Jones
France have made two changes after a disappointing opening day defeat to Ireland. Cameron Woki and Louis Bielle-Biarry come into the team, with the suspended Paul Willemse banned for two games after he was sent off, while Yoram Moefana drops to the bench.
- Alldritt (c)
Check out the last five results between France and Ireland in the Six Nations below.
|France 32-21 Scotland
|Scotland 17-36 France
|France 23-27 Scotland
|Scotland 28-17 France
|France 27-10 Scotland