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France host Scotland tonight as the two sides finally play their rescheduled Six Nations fixture.
A coronavirus outbreak in the French camp late last month meant the Paris tie had to be postponed, with both teams having experienced mixed fortunes in their outings since.
France were beaten 23-20 by England in the dying moments of their meeting at Twickenham before Fabien Galthie’s players edged Wales 32-30 last time out to end the visitors’ Grand Slam hopes in the French capital. Scotland, meanwhile, lost a closely-fought contest against Ireland 27-24 but responded well by thrashing Italy 52-10 in their most recent fixture.
There’s still much to play for in the case of each nation, particularly France, who could yet win the tournament for the first time since 2010 – with the possibility of a title shared with Wales on the cards. Les Bleus must earn a bonus-point victory with a winning margin of 21 points or more to seal the title outright.
The match will kick off at 8pm GMT this evening.
The fixture is expected to be shown on BBC One, the channel on which the game was originally due to air before its postponement last month.
What is the team news?
Romain Ntamack will make his first start of this year’s competition, replacing the injured Matthieu Jalibert at fly-half for France. Bernard Le Roux and Swan Rebbadj have been recalled in the second row, as have flanker Anthony Jelonch and centre Arthur Vincent.
A financial settlement between Premier League Rugby and the Six Nations meant Scotland coach Gregor Townsend could select just five England-based players in his squad. As such, Saracens’ Sean Maitland has been replaced by Glasgow 21-year-old Rufus McLean. The five players based in England to have made the cut are Gloucester’s Chris Harris and Alex Craig, Exeter Chiefs’ Sam Skinner and Stuart Hogg, and Harlequins’ Scott Steele.
With one game left, Wales and France each have one hand on the 2021 Championship Trophy, but all the Dragons can do is pray. It’s the Six Nations decider, so read on for how to get a France vs Scotland live stream and watch Six Nations rugby online – including for free across the UK and in Ireland.
France rose from the dead to record a last-gasp comeback win over Wales last weekend, and Les Bleus will win the Six Nations if they secure a bonus-point win in Paris tonight, with a winning margin of at least 21 points.
Date: Friday, March 26
Kick-off time: 8pm GMT / 9pm CET / 4pm ET / 1pm PT / 7am AEDT / 9am NZDT
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
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The champion will be decided by tries scored if France get a bonus point win by a 20-point margin – Wales are currently five ahead. Any other scenario will see Wales crowned champions.
Replacements: Chat, Gros, Atonio, Taofifenua, Cretin, Serin, Bouthier, Thomas
Scotland: Hogg (C); Graham, Harris, Johnson, Van der Merwe; Russell, Price; Sutherland, Turner, Fagerson; Skinner, Gilchrist; Ritchie, Watson, Fagerson
Replacements: Cherry, Kebble, Berghan, Craig, Haining, Steele, Hastings, Jones
France to win – but not by a great enough margin to secure the title.
THE Six Nations draws to a close, six days later than scheduled, with a massive game between France and Scotland.
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.
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 the Dragons with 14 men in the 82nd minute to keep their Six Nations title dream alive.
Here is what France must do against Scotland to win the Six Nations for the first time since 2010.
What time does France vs Scotland kick off?
- France vs Scotland takes place on Friday, March 26 – TODAY.
- The match kicks off at 8pm UK time – 9pm in France.
- It will be played at the Stade de France in Paris.
- The sides last met in November when France ran out 22-15 winners at Murrayfield in the Autumn Nations Cup.
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.
To win the match
To win the Six Nations
LAST TIME OUT
The two sides last faced off at Murrayfield in November in the Autumn Nations Cup.
Les Bleus ran out 22-15 winners that day, but it’s Scotland who have the better recent history in the Six Nations.
Scotland ended France’s Grand Slam bid with a 28-17 win at Murrayfield in last year’s competition in a game marred by Mohamed Haouas’ first half red card for a punch on Jamie Ritchie.
Here’s a reminder of the two starting sides for this evening’s clash.
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
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
COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF
This game is impossible to call.
For France there’s the incentive of lifting the Six Nations trophy but for Scotland there’s the opportunity to seal a FIRST ever second-placed finish in the Six Nations.
It might come down to a case of who wants it more – but the French are definitely excited for it.
They’ve tweeted: “The match kicks off in 1 hour.”
However, Antoine Dupont has arguably been the tournament’s standout player, and you wouldn’t put it past him to lead France to their first Six Nations title since 2010.
Today’s game has become something of a grudge match for Gregor Townsend’s men, who had been looking like potential contenders before a Covid-19 outbreak in the France setup forced this clash to be rescheduled.
But Scotland have never won a Six Nations game in Paris and they can only field five Premiership players, with Sean Maitland left out.
It’s a nail-biting end to the tournament, so follow our guide below as we explain how to get a Six Nations live stream and how to watch France vs Scotland FREE online today.
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