The first game of Round 3 in this year’s Six Nations Championship sees Scotland and France go head-to-head.

Head coach, Gregor Townsend, has challenged Scotland to seize the opportunity to remain in the hunt for the competition title by beating in-form France at BT Murrayfield on Saturday.

Victory over France is deemed essential if the Scots are to back up their promise with silverware and Townsend believes his team are equipped to deal with that challenge.


He said: “We know it’s our last opportunity.

“We believe in our team but it is our last chance to be in the race for a trophy at the end of the season.

"We believe in our group so we have to put everything into this at the weekend and deliver what we’re capable of delivering.”

Round 3 Six Nations: Scotland team line-up

15. Stuart Hogg, 14. Darcy Graham, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Sione Tuipulotu, 11. Duhan van der Merwe, 10. Finn Russell, 9. Ali Price; 1. Pierre Schoeman, 2. Stuart McInally, 3. Zander Fagerson, 4. Sam Skinner, 5. Grant Gilchrist, 6. Rory Darge, 7. Hamish Watson, 8. Magnus Bradbury

Replacements: 16. George Turner, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. WP Nel, 19. Jamie Hodgson, 20. Nick Haining, 21. Ben White, 22. Blair Kinghorn, 23. Mark Bennett

Round 3 Six Nations: France team line-up

15. Melvyn Jaminet, 14. Damian Penaud, 13. Gaël Fickou, 12. Jonathan Danty, 11. Yoram Moefana, 10. Romain Ntamack, 9. Antoine Dupont; 1. Cyril Baille, 2. Julien Marchand, 3. Uini Atonio, 4. Cameron Woki, 5. Paul Willemse, 6. François Cros, 7. Anthony Jelonch, 8. Grégory Alldritt

Replacements: 16. Pesto Mauvaka, 17. Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18. Demba Bamba, 19. Romain Taofifenua, 20. Thibaud Flament, 21. Dylan Cretin, 22. Maxime Lucu, 23. Thomas Ramos


The Scotland v France Six Nations match takes place at Murrayfield, Edinburgh on Saturday, February 26 at 2.15pm. Watch live on BBC One or BBC iPlayer.