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RBS 6 Nations 2011: France v Scotland Preview

France v Scotland kicks off at the Stade de France at 5pm GMT on Saturday 5th February 2011 as part of the RBS 6 Nations rugby union tournament. Wayne Barns of England will referee the match between the two nations.

France were roundly defeated 59-16 in their last international game against Australia in preparation for the six nations, though they have now made several changes to the team. Scotland have won five of their last six internationals.

For the superstitious, a look to history shows that France have won 46 out of 83  matches against Scotland, with 3 draws. They were also in better form during the 2010 6 Nations series, winning a Grand Slam against Scotland’s 1 win, 3 losses and 1 draw. Also, over the last decade, Scotland have only beaten France once in a 6 Nations match, in 2006 at Murrayfield.

Here are today’s teams:

Scotland Absentees

Scotland are without seven players, missing as a result of injury:

  • Johnnie Beattie (shoulder)
  • Graeme Morrison (knee)
  • Chris Cusiter (knee ligaments)
  • Phil Godman (knee ligaments)
  • Alasdair Dickinson (shoulder)
  • Jim Hamilton
  • Alasdair Strokosch (knee ligaments)

Scotland Starting XV

  1. Allan Jacobsen
  2. Ross Ford
  3. Euan Murray
  4. Richie Gray
  5. Alastair Kellock
  6. Nathan Hines
  7. John Barclay
  8. Kelly Brown
  9. Rory Lawson
  10. Dan Parks
  11. Max Evans
  12. Nick de Luca
  13. Joe Ansbro
  14. Nikki Walker
  15. Hugo Southwell

Scotland Bench

  • Dougie Hall
  • Moray Low
  • Richie Vernon
  • Ross Rennie
  • Mike Blair
  • Ruaridh Jackson
  • Sean Lamont

France Absentees

Scotland are without two players, missing as a result of injury:

  • Romain Millo‐Chluski (calf)
  • Dimitri Szarzewski (achilles)

France Starting XV

  1. Thomas Domingo
  2. William Servat
  3. Nicolas Mas
  4. Julien Pierre
  5. Lionel Nallet
  6. Thierry Dusautoir
  7. Julien Bonnaire
  8. Imanol Harinordoquy
  9. Morgan Parra
  10. François Trinh-Duc
  11. Maxime Medard
  12. Maxime Mermoz
  13. Aurelien Rougerie
  14. Yoann Huget
  15. Damien Traile

France Bench

  • Guilhem Guirado
  • Luc Ducalcon
  • Jerome Thion
  • Sebastian Chabal
  • Dimitri Yachvili
  • David Skrela
  • Clement Poitrenaud

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