Scotland and Darge have tails up for delicious confrontation with France
2024/02/09

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Scotland have accomplished the difficult task of winning in Cardiff after 22 years, giving them hope for the rest of the championship. However, Scotland's journey is never straightforward. Their next matches against France and England at Murrayfield will be crucial. Scotland has a good track record against both teams at home, but they often disappoint when they are expected to win. Despite being underdogs against France this weekend, Scotland's victory over Wales has eased some pressure. The psychological impact of their narrow win against Wales was significant, as they were able to withstand a late comeback. Scotland's loss to France at Murrayfield two years ago was particularly disappointing, as they missed important opportunities. Rory Darge, who performed well in his first start, returns to the team after recovering from injury. He shares the captaincy with Finn Russell. Jamie Ritchie and Luke Crosbie are out due to injury, and Jack Dempsey and Matt Fagerson are their replacements. Richie Gray and Paul Willemse will also be absent from Scotland and France's lineups, respectively, due to injury and suspension. The inclusion of specialist winger Louis Bielle-Biarrey for France adds excitement to the match as it sets up an interesting clash between the two teams' outside-backs. The fixture between Scotland and France is always entertaining, and both teams have their own reputations to uphold. The second round of the championship promises to be thrilling.

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