THE Six Nations comes to an end tonight, 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?
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
There’s one game left of the 2021 Six Nations, and the electric Antoine Dupont features for the French this evening.
Kick off is drawing ever-closer in what should be an absolute cracker of a game.
France have come back from a losing position at half-time to win on three occasions against Scotland in the Six Nations, more than against any other team in the Championship.
We saw Les Bleus overturn a ten point deficit in five minutes against Wales last week, but surely going behind this evening ends France’s title hopes.
Especially because Fabien Galthie’s side need to win by a twenty-one point margin.
O FLOWER OF SCOTLAND
Wales fans – Scotland’s Twitter account have kindly provided the lyrics to the Scottish national anthem for you to learn.
There’s just over an hour until kick off so get practicing.
Questions will be asked before next year surrounding Italy’s involvement in the tournament.
Yes the Azzurri have shown some bright sparks but on the whole they have been poor, especially last week at Murrayfield where it looked like they almost gave up.
Franco Smith’s side failed to limit a single team to under forty points, and have not won a match in the tournament for THIRTY-TWO games.
Their last victory was in 2015 against Scotland, and with teams like Georgia knocking on the door there is a serious argument for Italy to be replaced in the competition.
GAME OF THE TOURNAMENT?
Despite not having a single fan in attendance at any of the games, the 2021 Six Nations has been a memorable one.
Mainly because of some nail-biting games that have come down to the final minutes, or in last week’s case, seconds.
France’s last-gasp 32-30 victory over Wales last week is the obvious shout for game of the tournament, with some billing it as the greatest Six Nations game of all time.
England’s late try to secure a 23-20 victory over France also comes to mind, as does Ireland’s 27-24 victory at Murrayfield two weeks ago thanks to a Johnny Sexton penalty two minutes from time.
Other notable games include Scotland’s 11-6 win at Twickenham on the opening weekend of the tournament, and Wales’ edging out a 25-24 victory over Scotland a week later.
It’s been a brilliant tournament as always, and there’s hope that next year we’ll do it all over again but with fans in the stadiums.
It was announced this week that the Lions tour to South Africa this summer will go ahead as originally planned.
Stuart Hogg is near certain to be involved, but Scotland’s impressive performances this campaign mean a host of others will fancy their chances of being in Warren Gatland’s squad.
Hamish Watson, Finn Russell, Rory Sutherland, Ali Price, Jamie Ritchie, Chris Harris, Huw Jones and Duhan van der Merwe have all given themselves a shout of being on the plane to South Africa in July.
FOR SCOTLAND TO COME SECOND
Scotland will be eager to upset France’s title hopes this evening with the incentive of being able to secure a second place finish by:
Beating France and scoring at least four tries while limiting the French to a maximum of one bonus point (either scoring four tries or losing by seven points or fewer).
Scotland beat France by at least five points while ensuring France don’t collect either a try or losing bonus point.
All to play for.
France fly-half Romain Ntamack is back in from the start for Les Bleus tonight after Matthieu Jalibert picked up a concussion last week against Wales.
Ntamack pulled the strings when he came on for Jalibert six days ago, and the twenty-one year old was also the top points scorer in last year’s tournament.
France though have won nine in a row at home and are in scintillating form.
Only a last gasp Courtney Lawes try at Twickenham means Les Bleus can’t seal a Grand Slam this evening.
The last time they won ten in a row at home was against – you guessed it, Scotland.
It’s been a successful tournament on the whole for Scotland.
A win tonight would seal a fourth consecutive away win in the tournament, with second place in the table still up for grabs.
It’s all to play for at the Stade de France this evening.
TRIES ON THE CARD
Here’s a look at six of the best tries from this fixture over the years.
France need tries to lift the trophy, so expect fast flowing rugby this evening.
It should be an absolute belter.
DRESSING ROOM VIEW
A look inside the home dressing room ahead of tonight’s clash at the Stade de France.
The pristine white shirts will not look the same in four hours time.
Eighty minutes of physical test rugby is on the cards.
Both of these nations have played some scintillating rugby at times.
It’s no surprise that the top five offloaders of the 2021 tournament are either French or Scottish.
Remember that’s also having played a game less than every other team.
PULLING THE STRINGS
Antoine Dupont would be many people’s pick for player of the tournament.
The French superstar leads the table for assists this year, as well as bagging two tries this tournament.
Ali Price has also shown his class this campaign, with the Scottish scrum-half providing three assists in four games so far.
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.
Scotland fly-half Finn Russell returns to the starting side tonight after missing out on last week’s clash with Italy due to injury.
Russell has recovered from a concussion sustained against Ireland which allows Stuart Hogg to return to full-back.
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.
AS IT STANDS
Here’s a look at how the Six Nations table looks going into the last game of the tournament.
Wales and France are the only two nations who can lift the trophy tonight.
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.