Scotland v France, Autumn Nations Cup 2020: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
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In-form Scotland host France in their second Autumn Nations Cup Pool B fixture at Murrayfield on Sunday.
Gregor Townsend’s side are in a rich vein of form, though were given a stern test of their credentials by Italy in Florence on opening weekend, with second-half tries from Scott Cummings, Zander Fagerson and George Turner securing a hard-fought 28-17 bonus-point win.
That was Scotland’s fifth victory in succession after they closed out the delayed Six Nations with a rare triumph in Wales and was achieved without their two first-choice fly-halves, Finn Russell and Adam Hastings.
However, a difficult examination awaits against a France team that did not play on opening weekend after their first game against Fiji was cancelled following a Covid-19 outbreak in the islanders’ camp. France were subsequently awarded a 28-0 bonus-point win.
Fabien Galthe has named something of a mixed team featuring plenty of his usual “finishers” due to an agreement with the Top 14 clubs over player availability during this tournament, with Romain Ntamack and Anthony Bouthier among the injury absentees.
France had little trouble in ending Ireland’s Six Nations hopes on ‘Super Saturday’ last month, though their last defeat was against Scotland - a damaging 28-17 loss at Murrayfield in March that ultimately cost them a first title and Grand Slam for 10 years after prop Mohamed Haouas was sent off for fighting.
Scotland fared well in their opening match of the brand new Autumn Nations Cup last weekend, seeing off Italy with a 28-17 victory and scoring four tries in the process.
Next up, they’re up against France – who currently top Group B despite their opening game against Fiji having been cancelled last week.
Fiji were unable to field a side as a result of a coronavirus outbreak, and so the match was called off with France awarded a 28-0 victory, putting them in a very good place before having played a minute in the new tournament.
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.
Scotland may go into this match with confidence given the score the last time the two nations met, with Gregor Townsend having won 28-17 in the Six Nations last March, coincidentally the exact same score as their win against Italy last week.
But France will no doubt be seeking to avenge that defeat, so this should make for an extremely intriguing encounter.
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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."
Scotland: Hogg (c); Kinghorn, Harris, Johnson, Van der Merwe, Weir, Price; Kebble, Brown, Berghan; Cummings, Gray; Ritchie, Watson, M Fagerson.
Replacements: Turner, Bhatti, Z Fagerson, Skinner, Thomson, Hidalgo-Clyne, Taylor, Maitland.
France: Ramos; Thomas, Vakatawa, Fickou, Rattez; Jalibert, Dupont; Gros, Chat, Bamba; Le Roux, Taofifenua; Cretin, Ollivon (c), Alldritt
Replacements: Marchand, Baille, Haouas, Willemse, Woki, Couilloud, Carbonel, Vincent
Predicted score: Scotland 15 France 27