France have bought themselves time, but they now need a colossal win over Scotland to round off their Six Nations fixtures and lift the trophy in Paris this week.
The third round clash between France and Scotland was called off due to a COVID outbreak among the French players and staff. The rescheduling means it is the only Six Nations game left to play, with the whole tournament hinging on the result. Exciting stuff.
We’ll get into the permutations soon, but for now, France sit third in the table with three wins and a potentially extremely costly defeat to England.
France became favourites to wear the crown following England’s opening weekend defeat to Scotland, but it’s been far from plain sailing for Les Bleus. They triumphed over Wales on Super Saturday to keep the flames of hope burning, but a huge display is still required.
Scotland coach Gregor Townsend will remind his players of their terrific win against France in last year’s tournament, but his counterpart Fabien Galthie will be quick to encourage his French players to exact swift revenge and claim their first Six Nations trophy since 2010.
RadioTimes.com has rounded up everything you need to know about how to watch France v Scotland on TV and online.
How can Wales win the Six Nations?
Before we go into all the details on how to watch France v Scotland, a word for the Welsh fans scrolling through this page.
France must beat Scotland with a bonus point and score 21 points more than their opponents on the night.
As things stand, Wales are five points ahead of France and boast a superior points difference of 20.
Simply, if France fail to demolish Scotland, Wales will be crowned champions. The stage is set.
When is France v Scotland on TV?
France v Scotland will take place on Friday 26th March 2021.
What time is kick-off?
France v Scotland will kick off at 8pm.
There are no further Six Nations rugby games taking place in 2021. This is it, this is the big one.
What TV channel is France v Scotland on?
The game will be shown live on BBC One, as the original game was set to be shown across the BBC’s platforms before it was postponed. Coverage starts from 7:30pm
How to live stream France v Scotland online
You will be able to live stream the match online via the BBC iPlayer, played across a range of devices including laptops, smart phones and tablets.
Listen to France v Scotland on radio
Audio commentary of the game will be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live.
France v Scotland odds
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France v Scotland team news
France: France have made five changes to the side that recorded a vital win over Wales in the previous match. The full line-up is listed below.
Brice Dulin; Damian Penaud, Vrimi Vakatawa, Arthur Vincent, Gael Fickou; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas; Bernard Le Roux, Swan Rebbadj; Anthony Jelonch, Charles Ollivon (capt), Gregory Aldritt.
Reps: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Uini Atonio, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Anthony Bouthier, Teddy Thomas
Scotland: Scotland have been limited to selecting just five English-based players for this clash, following an agreement with Premiership Rugby. It means Sean Maitland misses out on selection, while Stuart Hogg and Sam Skinner (Exeter), Alex Craig and Chris Harris (Gloucester), plus Scott Steele (Harlequins) are called up.
Jonny Gray is out via injury, but Finn Russell (concussion) and Adam Hastings (ban) return. The full line up is listed below.
Stuart Hogg (capt); Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, George Turner, Zander Fagerson; Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist; Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.
Reps: David Cherry, Oli Kebble, Simon Berghan, Alex Craig, Nick Haining, Scott Steele, Adam Hastings, Huw Jones.
France v Scotland prediction
Scotland are clearly capable of pulling out big performances in massive games, and this week they’ll need to do just that.
However, France have all the motivation in this one, following a terrific victory over Wales in their last outing.
Les Bleus should win this, as they enter the clash in high spirits without the pressure of an edgy home crowd, against inferior opponents on paper. But a 21-point winning margin remains a stretch.
We’re going with a France win, but not by the margin required to stop Wales from lifting the trophy.
Prediction: France win
For the full breakdown of what games are coming up check out our Six Nations fixtures on TV guide.