2019 Six Nations Championship – France vs Scotland Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is France vs Scotland taking place? Saturday 23rd February, 14:15

Where is France vs Scotland taking place? Stade de France

What is the expected weather at France vs Scotland? Cloudy, 11-12c

What channel is France vs Scotland on? BBC 1

Where can I stream France vs Scotland? France vs Scotland can be streamed via the BBC iPlayer

Where can I get tickets for France vs Scotland? https://billetterie.ffr.fr/fr/meeting/889/france-ecosse-2019/stade-de-france-st-denis/23-02-2019/15h15

LAST MEETING
Scotland beat France 32-26

THE LOWDOWN

FRANCE

  • France had no chance to open the scoring in the blistering fashion they did against Wales as England completely overpowered them to win 44-8.
  • Head Coach Jacques Brunel has some injury concerns over Alivereti Raka, Teddy Thomas, Yoann Maestri, Cedric Gomes Sa and Mathieu Babilot, but all could potentially play some part in the rest of the tournament.
  • There appears to be some disillusionment in the French camp after scrum-half Morgan Parra seemed to criticise their match preparation. France conceded six tries, with five of them a direct result of English offensive kicks.

SCOTLAND

  • Scotland were competitive throughout their match with Grand Slam champions Ireland but ultimately lost to a superior team. The Scots started better and went ahead with a Greg Laidlaw penalty, but two quick Irish tries had them leading for the rest of the match.
  • Injuries had already blighted Scotland’s squad, but the news that back-row Ryan Wilson will miss the rest of the tournament with knee ligament damage is a huge blow.
  • Rob Harley replaced Wilson against Ireland and will likely start in Paris, while further injuries to centre Huw Jones and star-man Stuart Hogg will need to be assessed closer to the time.

THE PREDICTION

The match at Twickenham made for grim reading in a World Cup year for Les Bleus, who have now lost eight times out of their last nine competitive matches. Scotland, on the other hand, are a fantastic team to watch and are now reaching competitive levels with the world’s greatest. They played well after Stuart Hogg’s injury, but the break comes at a good time for the Scots, who could have their talisman back by the 23rd February. You would think the Scots have their eyes on three victories: Italy, already in the bag, France, and a hotly contested battle with Wales. They can stay on course with an intense, offensive, high-scoring bout with France in Paris.