Ex-Scotland star worried as Ireland poke ‘big, ugly French bear’
2024/02/08

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Johnnie Beattie, a former number eight, anticipates a strong response from France following their heavy loss to Ireland. In their Six Nations opener, Fabien Galthie's team suffered a 38-17 defeat at home. Beattie, who played for several clubs in the Top 14, believes that France will perform much better when they face Scotland at Murrayfield. He highlights the pride and cultural importance of French rugby, stating that the team will be motivated to redeem themselves after being humiliated in front of their supporters. Beattie also notes that France is undergoing changes in coaching staff and systems, and suggests that fatigue may be a factor in their performance.

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