Scotland’s First Choice XV to Face France in World Cup Warm-Up Match
After a strong performance against Italy, Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend is expected to field his first-choice XV in the upcoming World Cup warm-up match against France. Townsend has learned valuable lessons from the Italy game, including the return to form of Darcy Graham and the impressive performance of Ben Healy at No. 10. Stuart McInally, Jamie Dobie, and Rory Darge have also shown promise for the future. However, Scotland will need to step up their game against France, who are ranked No. 2 in the world and are favorites for the World Cup.
Building Momentum and Selecting the Final Squad
Townsend aims to build momentum before the opening match against South Africa on September 10. While training has helped the squad gel, the real test lies in the actual game. Key players such as Finn Russell, Blair Kinghorn, and Antoine Dupont are expected to start, and the squad has good cover for every position. However, Townsend faces the difficult task of selecting just 33 players from the 41 who have trained together for over seven weeks. Mistakes were made against Italy, and improvements will be necessary to secure a place in the World Cup squad.
France’s Strong Squad and Scotland’s Challenge
The current France squad boasts exceptional talent in every position, from the front row to full-back. Players like Cyril Baille, Paul Willemse, and Romain Ntamack are set to showcase their skills against Scotland. Coach Fabien Galthie has created a team that combines hard work with French flair, making them a formidable opponent. Despite the challenge, Scotland will aim to run France close and build on their performance before the World Cup.
Keywords: Scotland, France, World Cup warm-up match, Gregor Townsend, first-choice XV, Darcy Graham, Ben Healy, Stuart McInally, Jamie Dobie, Rory Darge, Finn Russell, Blair Kinghorn, Antoine Dupont, Fabien Galthie, World Cup squad.
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