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Match Preview – France v Scotland


It is the final match of the 2021 Guinness Six Nations in France and it is all about if France can beat Scotland with a bonus point and with more than 20 points.

It sounds easy enough but when you face a Scottish side that have been brilliant in their own right not just this season but for the last few seasons then the job becomes a little bit harder.

It is going to be a massive test and sure one that millions will watch on Friday.

Scotland head coach made four changes to his side. Russell and Price returns as the halfback combination. We also see Chris Harris coming in the midfield and George Turner starting at hooker.

Stuart Hogg will captain the side this week from his familiar position, fullback. He will be joined in the back three with Darcy Graham and Duhan Van der Merwe.

Sam Johnson will join Harris in the midfield with Huw Jones providing cover from the bench. Also on the bench for this one, Scott Steele and Adam Hastings who will get his first run in the championship after recovering form an injury,

In the pack, Turner’s return means that Sutherland and Fagerson will make up the front row with Gilchrist and Skinner in the second row.

Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson and Matt Fagerson will make up the loose trio for Scotland this weekend.

The French may have loss Willemse due to his suspension but they welcome back Bernard Le Roux after he recovered from his injury which is a massive boost for the men in blue.

Le Roux coming back will partner Swann Rebbadj with Jelonch also coming in or Cretin at the side of the scrum.

In the backs Ntamack is coming in for the injured Jalibert while Vincent replace Thomas. Gael Fickou will move to the wing.

The French pack impressed last week against Wales and it is going to be a massive battle. The French like to get a quick start to put scoreboard pressure on, so that first ten minutes will be crucial for Scotland.

We know by now that the French is a fit team and can play the full 80 minutes so it is going to take everything out of Scotland if they want to cause an upset in Paris.

It is great news that Wayne Barnes will take the whistle for this one, as he is one of the top referees I the world today.

This is going be a classic so do not n miss it. The game will be live on SuperSport on Friday at 21:50

Prediction: We believe France is going to do this France by 20 🙂


France: 15 Brice Dulin; 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Arthur Vincent, 11 Gael Fickou; 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont; 8 Gregory Alldritt; 7 Charles Ollivon (captain), 6 Anthony Jelonch; 5 Swann Rebbadj, 4 Bernard Le Roux; 3 Mohamed Haouas, 2 Julian Marchand, 1 Cyril Baille

Replacements: 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: 15 Stuart Hogg (captain), 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Sam Skinner, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Rory Sutherland.

Replacements: 16 David Cherry, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Alex Craig, 20 Nick Haining, 21 Scott Steele, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Huw Jones


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