France vs Scotland rugby: Kick-off time, TV channel, live stream free and teams for the Six Nations 2021 finale, France host Scotland in Paris in the Six Nations title decider: here’s how the teams line up, kick-off time, how to watch the game on TV or live stream the action, plus the results Wales and France need to win the title.
France vs Scotland rugby: Kick off time, TV channel, live stream free, teams for Tonight’s Six Nations 2021 finale
The Six Nations title all comes down to Friday night in Paris, where France host Scotland in the final match of the tournament.
France will be looking to overhaul table-topping Wales, who completed their campaign last weekend with a last-minute defeat to Les Bleus in cruel fashion.
France v Scotland was originally due to take place in round three on February 28 but was rescheduled due to a Covid outbreak in the French camp.
What time is France v Scotland kick-off?
France v Scotland kicks off at 8pm UK time at Stade de France on Friday, March 26.
What TV channel is France v Scotland on?
France v Scotland is being broadcast live on BBC One.
What about live streaming?
Viewers can also live stream coverage via the BBC iPlayer.
What’s the France v Scotland team news?
The big news for both teams revolves around the fly-halves.
Matthieu Jalibert has started France’s previous four games during the championship but he went off with a head injury against Wales and has been ruled out, with Romain Ntamack slotting into the No. 10 position.
France head coach Fabian Galthie has also dropped Teddy Thomas and lock Romain Taofifenua, while Paul Willemse is suspended after his red card against Wales.
Arthur Vincent will start at inside centre, moving Gael Fickou to the wing, with Bernard Le Roux returning from injury in a new second row pairing alongside Swan Rebbadj.
There is also a change in the back row, with Anthony Jelonch replacing Dylan Cretin.
As for Scotland, Finn Russell has recovered from the concussion which kept him out of Scotland’s win over Italy last weekend to take his place in the team.
That will allow Stuart Hogg to resume his normal position at full-back, with Sean Maitland dropping out of the squad entirely after head coach Gregor Townsend was limited to picking just five England-based players for the fixture due to the agreement reached with Premiership Rugby.
Since announcing their team on Wednesday, Scotland number eight Matt Fagerson sustained an injury in training so Nick Haining has taken his place in the starting lineup with Glasgow’s Ryan Wilson being drafted onto the bench.
Townsend has made three other changes with scrum-half Ali Price, centre Chris Harris and hooker George Turner returning to the side.
France: Brice Dulin; Damian Penaud, Virimi Vakatawa, Arthur Vincent, Gael Fickou; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas; Bernard Le Roux, Swan Rebbadj; Anthony Jelonch, Charles Ollivon (capt), Gregory Aldritt.
Replacements: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Uini Atonio, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Anthony Bouthier, Teddy Thomas.
Scotland: Stuart Hogg (capt); Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, George Turner, Zander Fagerson; Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist; Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Nick Haining.
Replacements: David Cherry, Oli Kebble, Simon Berghan, Alex Craig, Ryan Wilson, Scott Steele, Adam Hastings, Huw Jones.
What results do France and Wales need to win the Six Nations?
After denying Wales the Grand Slam last weekend, France can be crowned Six Nations champions with a bonus-point victory by a margin of 21 points or more.
If France beat Scotland with a bonus-point victory, that will draw them level with Wales in the table and the title will be decided on points difference. If they are tied on points difference, then the title will be decided by number of tries scored. Currently, Wales have scored 20 tries and France have scored 15 tries.
Any other result, including a France victory without four-try bonus point, then Wales will be Six Nations champions.
Scotland cannot win the title but could still finish second if they can pick up their third win of the campaign depending on the margin and bonus points, with France and Ireland four points ahead of them going into the game.