Scotland v France Six Nations 15:00 Sun
After two disappointing defeats to England and Wales, Andy Robinson’s Scotland head in to today’s encounter with France at long odds with Paddy Power, as the team manager rings the changes at Murrayfield.
Ahead of Scotland’s home clash with France in the Six Nations this weekend, former scrum-half Andy Nichol has been talking up the talent of full-back Stuart Hogg who is set to make his first start on Sunday afternoon.
The 19-year-old – who will be the first teenage to start an international match for Scotland since 1972 – is thought to have a fantastic career ahead of him and he will be aiming to help his team to victory this weekend.
Speaking about Hogg, Nichol commented: “I am hugely excited about what this kid can do for Scotland over many years to come. He’s got flair, he has a crack, he’s got that side-step ability.”
“He’s lived and breathed rugby since he was born, as most young kids do in Hawick. He seems really calm, really level-headed but really excited about the prospect of playing for Scotland.”
As for the game as a whole, there will certainly be a lot of focus on Hogg’s performance, but the main thing for Scotland is that they get their first victory of the 2012 Six Nations.
Defeats to England and Wales so far mean that they have lost their opening two matches of the Six Nations for five years in a row now and this has led to criticism by many for what their 2012 campaign has to offer.
Having said that, Andy Robinson’s men have performed well at times during the two defeats and the likes of Hogg coming into the team mean they can perhaps have cause for optimism over the next few weeks.
France have won the last five meetings between these two teams though and they will be hoping to continue this trend at Murrayfield on Sunday afternoon.
The home crowd will be firmly behind Scotland though, as they always are, and this should be an extremely competitive Six Nations contest.