France and Scotland are both preparing for the Rugby World Cup with another warm-up match. Last week, Scotland managed to overcome Zander Fagerson’s sending off and came from behind to defeat France at Murrayfield, where France had squandered an 18-point halftime lead. However, France is now closer to full strength for their match in Saint-Etienne as they try to find their rhythm before their home tournament. Gregor Townsend’s Scotland team has the advantage of having regular captain Jamie Ritchie available, and they will be aiming for their third consecutive win in the warm-up matches after defeating Italy two weeks ago.
The match between France and Scotland is scheduled to kick off at 8.05pm BST on Saturday, August 12th, at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne. Viewers in the UK will be able to watch the Summer Nations Series clash live on Amazon Prime Video, with coverage starting at 7.45pm BST.
In terms of team news, Fabien Galthie’s French side is much stronger this week compared to last. Antoine Dupont returns to captain the team from the scrum-half position, and the likely starting World Cup backline will have the opportunity to play together. Dorian Aldegheri starts ahead of Uini Atonio at tighthead, while Thibaud Flament and Pierre Boudehent have been given starting positions due to injuries to Romain Taofifenua, Paul Willemse, Francois Cros, and Anthony Jelonch. On the Scottish side, with Zander Fagerson suspended, WP Nel starts at tighthead, and Jamie Ritchie returns to take over the captaincy on the blindside. Scrum-half Ben White, who suffered an injury last week, is not ruled out of World Cup contention, but he will miss this game. Ali Price and Finn Russell will be the halves combination.
Both coaches have opted for a split of six forwards and two backs on the bench.
The line-ups for the match are as follows:
France XV: Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Dorian Aldegheri; Cameron Woki, Thibaud Flament; Pierre Boudehent, Charles Ollivon, Gregory Alldritt; Antoine Dupont (capt.), Romain Ntamack; Gabin Villiere, Jonathan Danty, Gael Fickou, Damian Penaud; Thomas Ramos.
Replacements: Pierre Bourgarit, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Uini Atonio, Florian Verhaeghe, Bastien Chalureau, Sekou Macalou; Maxime Lucu, Louis Bielle-Biarrey.
Scotland XV: Pierre Schoeman, George Turner, WP Nel; Richie Gray, Grant Gilchrist; Jamie Ritchie (capt.), Rory Darge, Jack Dempsey; Ali Price, Finn Russell; Duhan van der Merwe, Sione Tuipulotu, Huw Jones, Kyle Steyn; Blair Kinghorn.
Replacements: Stuart McInally, Rory Sutherland, Javan Sebastian, Scott Cummings, Sam Skinner, Josh Bayliss, George Horne, Ollie Smith.
The odds for the match are as follows:
– France win: 1/8
– Draw: 50/1
– Scotland win: 8/1
The prediction for the match is that France will win by 13 points.