What is it?
Scotland against France at Murrayfield in the second round of Autumn Nations Cup fixtures.
When is it?
Sunday, November 22.
What time is kick-off?
What TV channel is it on?
What is the team news?
Gregor Townsend has made five changes to his Scotland side as they prepare to take on a fully-loaded France at Murrayfield.
Townsend will hope to put the brakes on a team he believes is in better form than even the All Blacks at present and has named a new front row with Oli Kebble, Fraser Brown and Simon Berghan packing down.
Matt Fagerson is next to be given the chance to stake a claim for Scotland’s problematic No 8 jersey after Blade Thomson did little to show he is the long-term pick at the back of the scrum, while the only change in the backs see wing Blair Kinghorn replace Edinburgh club-mate Darcy Graham.
Saracens duo Sean Maitland and Duncan Taylor – who last featured for Scotland against Russia in the 2019 World Cup – also join the bench.
France coach Fabien Galthie made eight changes to the team that beat Ireland in the Six Nations.
Matthieu Jalibert comes in at fly-half in the absence of the injured Romain Ntamack, while Thomas Ramos, who will be on kicking duty, is in for the injured Anthony Bouthier at full-back.
Following an agreement between the French federation and the Top 14, each player can be named on no more than three teamsheets during the November-December period, and Galthie has decided to bring in some of his usual replacements – or ‘finishers’ as he calls them – for the trip to Scotland.
The front row has been completely revamped, with Jean-Baptiste Gros, Camille Chat and Demba Bamba starting in place of Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand and Mohamed Haouas who played in the wins over Wales, in a friendly, and Ireland, in the Six Nations finale.
What are the latest standings?
What have we said about the teams?
What are the odds?
- Scotland to win 2/1
- France to win 1/2
- Draw 20/1
What’s our prediction?
Gregor Townsend’s team are currently on their joint-best run since the advent of professional rugby, having chalked up consecutive wins over Italy, France, Georgia, Wales and the Azzurri again.
They can go one better and match a sequence last achieved in 1990 by beating Les Bleus when they visit Murrayfield on Sunday.
Yet former Scotland skipper John Barclay attempted to put some perspective on his old side’s recent achievements in the build-up to last weekend’s 28-17 triumph in Florence when he said: “Cool-headed analysis makes it clear that Scotland have not transformed themselves into world beaters. Yet.”
Predicted score: Scotland 15 France 27
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Source: The Telegraph Travels