Preview: Scotland v France, Autumn Nations Cup

Preview: Scotland v France, Autumn Nations Cup

Scotland will meet a familiar foe this weekend in the shape of France, with the sides having met four times since February of last year, with two wins apiece in that time.

The Scots have hosted this fixture 46 times previously winning 27 times and scoring 667 points in the process.

Last Meeting

8 March 2020, BT Murrayfield
SCOTLAND 28 - 17 FRANCE

Scotland derailed a French Grand Slam train with a three-try victory at BT Murrayfield in what was the last international weekend before Covid-19 shut down the global sporting calendar. A double from Sean Maitland and a try from Stuart McInally, aided by 13 points from the tee courtesy of Adam Hastings, earned a third win over the same opponents in four attempts – indeed, Scotland have not lost at home against the French since 2014.

French Focus

A French rugby revolution, headed up by Head Coach Fabien Galthié, saw the former scrum-half select a number of young players for his 2020 Guinness Six Nations squad, many of whom had enjoyed success at U20 level, where France won world titles in both 2018 and 2019.

Chief talents among this young squad include half-back pairing Antoine Dupont and Emile Ntamack, who bring a typically Gallic flair to a back division brimming with intent. In the pack, skipper Charles Ollivon leads a back-row complemented by the youthful belligerence of players like Gregory Aldritt, Cameron Woki and Dylan Cretin. Props Demba Bamba and Jean-Baptiste Gros head up front-row options that have the potential for a decade on the international stage.

Supporting this Sunday

Scotland's fixture kicks-off at 3.15pm GMT and is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

You can also join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for match-build up and follow in game updates at scottishrugby.org. Stay connected with us during the game using #AsOne and we'll look out for your messages to include in the Scottish Rugby Match Centre.

Team Announcement

The Scotland team to play France will be named at lunchtime on Friday (20 November) across the Scottish Rugby channels.

STAT ATTACK IN SCOTLAND 

We look into some key stats from the Scotland v France fixture.

18 France Wins 27 Scotland Wins 1 Draw

Scotland player stats in the fixture:

Most Appearances

12 Ross Ford 12 Chris Paterson 12 Jim Renwick

Most Drop Goals

2 Dougie Morgan 2 Ken Scotland

Most Conversions

9 Greig Laidlaw 9 Fred Turner

Most Points

116 Gavin Hastings 75 Greig Laidlaw 75 Andy Irvine

Most Tries

6 Ian Smith 6 Arthur Wallace

Most Penalties

33 Gavin Hastings 19 Greig Laidlaw

France player stats in the fixture:

Most Appearances

14 Phillipe Sella 12 Serge Blanco 11 Fabien Pelous

Most Drop Goals

2 Didier Camberabero 2Jean-Patrick Lescarboura

Most Conversions

4 Lionel Beauxis 4 Morgan Parra

Most Points

50 Frederic Michalak 42 Serge Blanco

Most Tries

5 Serge Blanco 2 Maxime Medard

Most Penalties

11 Camille Lopez 10 Thierry Lacroix

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