Exciting Combinations To Watch Out For: France vs. Scotland

Exciting Combinations To Watch Out For: France vs. Scotland

Sam Johnson & Nick Grigg - Scotland


With regular starter Huw Jones ruled out for the remainder of the tournament, Australian born centre Sam Johnson pairs up with Glasgow Warriors team-mate Nick Grigg in an exciting midfield unit for the Scots in Paris. Head Coach Gregor Townsend has been impressed by Johnson's ability to develop his game from Rugby League recruit to a top-class international centre having played twice for Queensland Reds before a 2015 move to the capital. He lines up alongside Nick Grigg in midfield, a small and dimunitive presence, but possesses a strong running game and has an eye for the try line.

Antoine Dupont & Romain N' tamack - France

In Round Two France were exploited by an England side who took advantage of their lack of experience in the back three so it's surprising to see Jacques Brunel give the young Toulouse duo a vote of confidence despite their lack of minutes in the Test environment. It is, however, one of the best decisions the selectors have made in recent times as the duo are two of the finest players coming through the set-up and have enhanced their reputations in Europe this season. Although N' tamack has seen more game time at 12 this season, his understanding with Dupont will be vital in order to secure success in Paris. After Dupont's second-half shift in London against England, it would be criminal to leave him out of any match-day squad until he hangs up his boots.

Gael Fickou & Mathieu Bastareuad - France

Placing Fickou on the wing against England defied belief and logic as his club form with Stade Francais has been up there with the best in Europe, seven tries in 9 games speaks for itself. So it is pleasing to see him back in midfield where he can showcase his talents alongside Toulon leader, Mathieu Bastareaud. The bias of the French selectors to select players on experience rather than form has led to their recent crisis and the team sheet this fixture sees players located in their preferred positions, which can only be a positive for the team. Bastareud is an influential presence in the side and can make sure the home side win the battle on the gainline to provide Dupont and N' tamack with the platform to bring their dangerous outside backs into try scoring areas.

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