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Where to see and five things to know about Scotland-France 

A last success at Murrayfield which dates back to 2014, twenty Blues who end with the autumn tour, a Camille Chat finally titular… Everything you need to know before the trip of the Blues to Edinburgh.

Where to see Scotland-France?

This meeting, counting for the second day of the Autumn Nations Cup, is broadcast this Sunday at 4:15 pm live on France 2. Also to be followed live commented by Quentin Marchal on sport24.lefigaro.fr.

Since when has the XV of France not won in Scotland?

The XV of the Thistle has resembled the bête noire of the Blues in recent years, especially in their den of Murrayfield. To find traces of the last French success in Edinburgh, we have to go back to March 8, 2014 and a 17 to 19 victory. A forceps success, acquired thanks to a successful penalty by Jean-Marc Doussain in the 79th minute! A real heist committed by the Blues, like their test, scored by Yoann Huget on an interception followed by a fantastic ride of 80 meters. Since then, the XV of France has bowed four times: 29-18 in 2016, 32-26 in 2018, 17-14 in August 2019 during a preparation match for the World Cup, and, finally, on March 8, the only defeat in the mandate of Fabien Galthié (28-17). A setback marked by bad luck: injury and withdrawal of Camille Chat during the warm-up, concussion and end of the match for Romain Ntamack from the 8th minute (replaced by Mathieu Jalibert) and red card shortly before half-time for the pillar ” Momo ” Haouas, guilty of having done himself justice by striking a punch to the Scottish third-line, Jamie Ritchie.

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Cat always number 2 of number 2

29 selections but only 7 in the skin of the holder. During the World Cup in Japan, Camille Chat had taken his troubles patiently, showing against the United States and Tonga that he was ready to take over once the captain of the Blues, Guilhem Guirado, retired internationally. Alas for him, the new staff of Fabien Galthié preferred him Toulouse Julien Marchand, six times holder in as many meetings. Leaving again and always the number 2 Racingman of number 2. “I live it as I can, he admitted this week, while keeping a smile. The team advances, wins, Julien plays good games, it is legitimate for him to be the holder… But I will continue to do everything to be the holder. ” It is finally this Sunday. It is up to him to demonstrate that he deserves better than the role of impact-player which sticks to his crampons.

Which Blues end with the fall tour?

Terminus in Scotland for 18 Blues. Under the agreement between the FFR and the LNR, no Blue can claim more than three match sheets during this autumn tour which initially had six tests (more than five after the cancellation of the one against Fiji. ). A total that will reach this Sunday at Murryafield Thomas Ramos, Virimi Vakatawa, Gaël Fickou, Arthur Vicent Vincent Rattez, Antoine Dupont for three-quarters; Captain Charles Ollivon, Grégory Alldritt, Dylan Cretin, Bernard Le Roux, Paul Willemse, Romain Taofifenua, Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas, Demba Bamba, Camille Chat and Jean-Baptiste Gros for the fronts (i.e. 12 for a totally decimated). If we add François Cros and Anthony Bouthier, injured and forfeits, that’s 20 Blues who will not play the last two games, against Italy at the Stade de France next Saturday (9 p.m.) then the classification match at the beginning of December. Note that Baptiste Serin, Romain Ntamack and Teddy Thomas, two match sheets, can only play one of these two matches. They will supervise an unprecedented French team, between unexpected returns (Dulin, Atonio, Y. Camara) and novices (16 in all, including the pillars Kolingar, Oz and Neti, the second-lines Rebbadj and Pesenti, the Barraque, Delbouis centers, Klemenczak and Moefana, the Toulonnais Villière and Cordin…). Without forgetting the eagerly awaited Sekou Macalou (1st selection), sparkling in the Stade Français Paris jersey.

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Fall 10 for Scotland

Double whammy for the XV du Chardon. Racing number 10 Finn Russel, hit in the groin at the beginning of November against Wales, had to forfeit following the autumn tour. And his official understudy, Adam Hastings, was hit hard in the shoulder in the same game. An injury that required surgery. The son of legendary Scottish full-back Gavin Hastings will also miss the upcoming Six Nations Tournament. Coach Gregor Townsend had to recall Duncan Weir, first selection in 2012, to deal with the most urgent.

Couilloud two and a half years later …

Talented, the scrum half of Lyon had his first selections at only 20 years old. Three entries during the game in the relay of Maxime Machenaud during the 2018 Six Nations Tournament (against Italy, England and Wales) for 36 small minutes of play. Early beginnings then bad luck. Several times recalled, the number 9 of Lou has, each time, had to forfeit for injuries. Now third in the hierarchy behind Antoine Dupont and Baptiste Serin, Baptiste Couilloud should have the opportunity to finally honor his first tenure in the classification match in early December.

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