Scotland v France, Six Nations 2020: What time is kick-off on Sunday, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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Charles Ollivon of France, Scotland's Stuart Hogg, England's Owen Farrell, Alun Wyn Jones of Wales, Italy's Luca Bigi and Ireland's Jonathan Sexton pose with the Six Nations trophy - ACTION IMAGES
Charles Ollivon of France, Scotland's Stuart Hogg, England's Owen Farrell, Alun Wyn Jones of Wales, Italy's Luca Bigi and Ireland's Jonathan Sexton pose with the Six Nations trophy - ACTION IMAGES

What is it?

Scotland and France's fourth match of the 2020 Six Nations, at Murrayfield, Edinburgh. France are yet to lose in the competition, recording an impressive victory over Wales in Cardiff, while Scotland's victory over Italy in Rome was their first in this year's championship.

Since 2018, the two sides have played for the Auld Alliance Trophy, commemorating the French and Scottish rugby players who died during World War One. France are the current holders.

When is the match?

Scotland v France is on Sunday, March 23.

What time is kick-off?

The match starts at 3pm GMT.

What TV channel is it on?

The match is on BBC from 1.55pm. You can also follow all the live action right here when our live blog kicks off.

What are the current standings?

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What is the latest team news?

Edinburgh second-row Lewis Carmichael has been added to the Scotland squad for the rest of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations.

Carmichael has impressed for Edinburgh since a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament ruled him out of the 2018-19 season.

The 24-year-old has won two Scotland caps, which included a try-scoring debut against Canada on the 2018 summer tour.

Carmichael replaces Worcester back-row Cornell Du Preez in the 37-man squad.

Edinburgh wing Darcy Graham has been ruled out of Scotland's remaining Six Nations games against France and Wales with a knee injury he sustained at the start of the campaign.

Scotland training squad to face France

Forwards: S Berghan, J Bhatti, M Bradbury, F Brown, L Carmichael, L Crosbie, S Cummings, A Dell, M Fagerson, Z Fagerson, G Gilchrist, T Gordon, N Haining, S McInally, WP Nel, J Ritchie, S Skinner, R Sutherland, B Toolis, G Turner, H Watson.

Backs: C Harris, A Hastings, S Hogg (c), G Horne, R Hutchinson, S Johnson, H Jones, B Kinghorn, S Maitland, B McGuigan, A Price, H Pyrgos, M Scott, K Steyn, R Tagive, D Weir

France, meanwhile, will again be without La Rochelle wing Vincent Rattez, with a broken fibula ending his Championship, although Damian Penaud is expected to have recovered from his calf injury.

Prop Jefferson Poirot has been added to the wider squad as a replacement for Cyril Baille, who injured his shoulder against Wales, while hooker Camille Chat is also set to miss out after suffering an injury to an adductor muscle in training.

What are Scotland's results and fixtures?

ROUND ONE

Ireland 19 Scotland 12

ROUND TWO

Scotland 6 England 13

ROUND THREE

Italy 0 Scotland 17

ROUND FOUR

Scotland v France.... BT Murrayfield (Edinburgh).... Sunday, March 8.... 3pm GMT.... BBC

ROUND FIVE

Wales v Scotland.... Principality Stadium (Cardiff).... Saturday, March 14.... 2.15pm GMT.... BBC and S4C

What are France's results and fixtures

ROUND ONE

France 24 England 17

ROUND TWO

France 35 v Italy 22

ROUND THREE

Wales 23 France 27

ROUND FOUR

Scotland v France.... BT Murrayfield (Edinburgh).... Sunday, March 8.... 3pm GMT.... BBC

ROUND FIVE

France v Ireland.... Stade de France (Paris).... Saturday, March 14.... 8pm GMT.... BBC

What are Telegraph writers saying?

 

Finn Russell is in danger of becoming the elephant in the room once again during a Six Nations week, writes Richard Bath. This time it was Danny Wilson, the Scotland assistant coach, who fielded questions about the errant fly-half, who was scheduled to have a conference call with the Scotland coaching team on Monday evening during which the Paris-based player would provide priceless nuggets of inside information on how to beat France.

However, the call, which follows several contacts between Scotland coach Gregor Townsend and his talismanic stand-off, and was an attempt to begin the process of healing the breach between the two protagonists, failed to happen after training was moved to the afternoon for reasons that are not yet clear.

You can read more about what Danny Wilson said, here.

 

How did last year's Six Nations finish?

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What are the odds?

  • Scotland to win 12/5

  • Draw 26/1

  • France to win 6/13

Follow the latest odds throughout the tournament.

Six Nations 2020 | Fixtures, results and team news
Six Nations 2020 | Fixtures, results and team news

What's our prediction?

Scotland are improving, of that there is no doubt. But this French juggernaut has its sights firmly set on a first Grand Slam since 2010 after years in the international doldrums, and nothing that we have seen thus far suggests that Scotland will be their banana skin. In Gregory Alldritt, Antoine Dupont, and Romain Ntmack, Les Bleus have three of the tournament's in-form players, and with World Cup star Damian Penaud expected to return to the starting XV, this should be a routine victory for a Shaun Edwards-boosted French side.
Predicted score: Scotland 18 France 28.