Following on from their dramatic opening day win over Ireland, Scotland will be looking to claim their first win in Paris since 1999 and underline their position as Championship contenders.
However, in order to do so Vern Cotter’s side will have to beat a French team that will have taken an awful lot of confidence from their defeat in Twickenham last weekend.
Although Les Bleus ultimately succumbed to a 19-16 defeat at the hands of England, they played some exciting running rugby during the opening 60 minutes and were arguably the better side for much of the encounter.
Similarly, Scotland demonstrated their ability with ball in hand against Ireland, scoring two well-worked tries in the wider channels. Indeed, Stuart Hogg underlined his pedigree in that fixture and Vern Cotter will no doubt be looking to his full-back once more in Paris.
Although Scotland could struggle in the scrum, where France have fielded the formidable front row trio of Cyril Baille, Guilhem Guirado and Uini Atonio, Vern Cotter will be hopeful that his side can utilise their superior fitness and claim back-to-back wins in this season’s Championship.
The addition of John Barclay should help in this regard, who has been selected ahead of Ryan Wilson, who misses out with an elbow infection. Otherwise it’s as you were for Sunday’s encounter in the Stade de France.
YOUR @Scotlandteam to face France this Sunday!
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) February 10, 2017
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena
On this week’s edition of The Oval Office podcast, we talk about the Irish back row with Niall Ronan and get the Scottish perspective from The Scrum Magazine’s David Arnott.