France v Scotland 2021: when is the Six Nations rugby match, kick off time, teams - and where to watch on TV

Wales will be watching closely as Gregor Townsend’s Scotland take France in a Six Nations 2021 title decider

By Matt Brooks
Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 1:29 pm

The final match of the 2021 Six Nations championships sees Scotland take on France in a title-deciding contest.

France need a bonus-point win over Scotland by a 21 points margin or more to usurp Wales at the top of the tournament standings.

Wales will be watching closely after they failed to seal the trophy - and a Grand Slam - when Les Bleus struck late in a dramatic Round 5 encounter.

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Finn Russell returns for Scotland as head coach Gregor Townsend makes four changes to his starting line-up for the final Six Nations match against France. (Pic: Getty)

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When does France v Scotland take place?

The Six Nations 2021 match between France and Scotland will take place on Friday 26 March.

The fixture was initially meant to be played in Round Three of the rugby championships over the weekend of 27-28 February but was postponed after a Covid outbreak in the France camp.

Confirmation of the rearranged date was announced on the eve of Super Saturday which saw all six nations compete on the same day in what was planned to be the final round of games.

What time does France v Scotland kick off?

The France v Scotland rugby match will kick off at 8pm on 26 March.

It is the final fixture of the 2021 Six Nations championships and could have the final word on where the title will go, with France looking to clinch the trophy from the clutches of Wales.

Where is France v Scotland being played?

The delayed fixture between Scotland and France will take place at the Stade de France, Paris.

The impressive 80,000 seater stadium was built ahead of the 1998 FIFA World Cup held in France and has been home to both the nation’s football and rugby teams since.

What TV channel is France v Scotland on?

BBC One will air live coverage of Scotland’s trip to France as the curtain falls on the 2021 Six Nations rugby championships.

All of the tournament’s fixtures have been screened on terrestrial television, with coverage split between BBC and ITV over the five rounds.

What time does TV coverage of France v Scotland start?

BBC’s TV coverage of the Six Nations championships match between France and Scotland starts at 7.30pm - 30 minutes before kick off time - on 26 March 2021.

Who are the pundits for France v Scotland?

The BBC has confirmed that John Inverdale will present live coverage of France vs Scotland.

He will be joined in the studio by John Barclay, Thomas Castaignede and Andy Nicol, with match commentary coming from Andrew Cotter, Chris Paterson and Benjamin Kayser.

How can I live stream France v Scotland?

The Six Nations 2021 match between Scotland and France will be available to watch through the BBC Sport app, website and iPlayer.

What are the latest odds on France v Scotland?

Scotland are attracting a lot of attention in the betting stakes as they search for a first Six Nations win over France in Paris.

Odds range from 5/1 with PaddyPower, 888sport, BetFair and MansionBet, 6/1 with Bet365 13/2 with SkyBet, BetVictor and Betway and 33/5 with SBK.

France are the heavy favourites with many online bookies offering odds of 1/7, ⅛ and 1/9 on for a Les Bleus victory, SBK are giving 2/11 for a home win.

In the unlikely event of a draw, BoyleSports are offering 50/1 odds. All odds are correct at the time of writing (24 March).

Scotland team announcement


15. Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs) 84 caps

14. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh) - 18 caps

13. Chris Harris (Gloucester) – 27 caps

12. Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) - 17 caps

11. Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh) - 9 caps

10. Finn Russell (Racing 92) – 54 caps

9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 41 caps

1. Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh) – 15 caps

2. George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 16 caps

3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 37 caps

4. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – 11 caps

5. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 44 caps

6. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 26 caps

7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 40 caps

8. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 13 caps


16. David Cherry (Edinburgh) – 4 caps

17. Oli Kebble (Glasgow Warriors) – 7 caps

18. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 30 caps

19. Alex Craig (Gloucester) – 1 cap

20. Nick Haining (Edinburgh) – 7 caps

21. Scott Steele (Harlequins) – 4 caps

22. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 22 caps

23. Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 30 caps

France team announcement


15 Brice Dulin

14 Damian Penaud

13 Virimi Vakatawa

12 Arthur Vincent

11 Gael Fickou

10 Romain Ntamack

9 Antoine Dupont

1 Cyrille Baile

2 Juilen Marchand

3 Mohamed Haouas

4 Bernard Le Roux

5 Swan Rebbadj

6 Anthony Jelonch

7 Charles Ollivon

8 Gregory Alldritt


16 Camille Chat

17 Jean-Baptiste Gros

18 Uini Atonio

19 Romain Taofifenua

20 Dylan Cretin

21 Baptiste Serin

22 Anthony Bouthier

23 Teddy Thomas