Rugby U


Ahhhh, springtime in Paris...... Good afternoon and welcome to match 6 of the 2017 6 Nations.

We've had 5 matches so far, 2 absolute belters, a couple of abslolute snorers. What have we in store today? A clash of cultures, if week one was anything to go by. France will look to dominate up front, bulldoze the Scots with a side full of bruisers, before looking to unleash the pace and power in their backs having made some space for them.

Scotland will look to carry on as they started the first half last week. Quick ball, spread it around and run the French around...hoping to keep it close and look to take advantage of fatigue later in the game.

The French make one change from their starting XV against England. Loann "Chicken" Goujon coming in for Damien Chouly. Louis Picamoles was immense last week and will have to be watched closely

Scotland too make one change, John Barclay in for the injured Ryan Wilson. John Hardie coming in to the bench.

Positive omens for Scotland? France have lost their last 3 matches at the Stade de France, and also 4 consecutive matches in the tournament. Scotland enjoyed a 29-18 win over France at Murrayfield las season.

Negative omens? France have lost their last 3 at the Stade de France. That win last year, is Scotland's only one in the last 11 meetings, and they haven't had 2 consecutive wins over France since 1963-64. France have lost their opening 2 matches only once since 1982 (2013). Scotland have lost 9 in a row at the Stade de France, winning on that famous day on 1999.

OK, I'm convinced......especially now I've learned Huw Jones breakfast secrets.....toast, jam on, fried egg on top.....a culinary delight to confirm the worst snobberies of the French. I'm giving this to the home side....

Short note of congratulation for Stuart Hogg, youngest man ever to reach 50 Scottish caps, edging past Richie Gray by a shade over a year. He wants 3 more to become the most capped guy from his hometown. He's awright for a Terie* *a citizen of Hawick in the Scottish Borders.....(intra Borders rivalry prevents me from saying anything further)

We've had "Flower of Scotland", now a cracking rendition of "La Marsailleise".....and now a moment of applause for Joost van der Westhuizen.