As the Six Nations come to a thrilling final, France will take on Scotland on Friday, with the title still up for grabs.
Wales leaders are currently on pole position, but a dramatic attempt by Brice Dulin in their pivotal game last week gave France a beacon of hope on its way to a postponed final day of action.
France must now beat Scotland by at least 21 points and get a bonus point if they want to win the championships, while a shared title is still a possibility.
Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones was left shocked after France’s latest victory last week
What does the table look like now?
France gave itself a chance to win the championships by beating Wales last time
On the way to the last game of the tournament, it is Wales who sits at the top of the table and has won four of the five games played.
It’s a position that Coach Wayne Pivac would have taken at the start of the tournament, but they were painfully close to securing the Six Nations title in last week’s meeting with France, but for Dulin’s injury time, try a dramatic closing day to put.
Les Bleus now plays against Scotland in a game initially scheduled for February, before being postponed following a coronavirus outbreak at the French side.
We should not forget Scotland’s involvement in the game, which, with the victory, secured second place for the first time since the tournament was expanded to six teams, also known as the Six Nations era.
As for England, Eddie Jones’ side endured a terrible tournament, with the Lions going to finish fifth regardless of the upcoming result.
Jones will remain under contract with England until 2023, but his future will be determined in an upcoming ‘brutally honest’ review conducted by a panel of experts both inside and outside the RFU.
Yet the focus here is not on England. It’s on France, Wales and Scotland, and exactly what’s left to play for on Friday.
What France must do to win the Six Nations
French captain Charles Ollivon will try to guide his side to the glory of the Six Nations Championship
The French side celebrated it when they took a dramatic 32-30 win over rival Wales last week
Heading into Friday’s game, there are some specific requirements that France will need to be crowned the Six Nations champion.
Should France only manage a draw or even a loss, their title chances are gone in the blink of an eye.
Importantly, however, even a win may not be enough, with France currently five points behind leaders Wales.
To be crowned champion, France therefore needs a bonus point, which is of course achieved by scoring four or more tries.
Again, even this may not be enough, because when you hit the bonus point, the title will go back to the point difference.
France’s +41 point difference is 20 lower than Wales’ +61, meaning they need a four-try win of 21 points or more to be crowned champions.
Should France attempt a four-time win with exactly 20 points, the title will go back to tries scored, with Wales (20) currently five ahead of Fabien Galthie’s men (15).
In that scenario, France would have to score six tries in a 20-point win over Scotland.
Simply put, if France fails any of the above scenarios, Wales will be crowned the 2021 Six Nations champions.
Can France and Wales share the Six Nations title?
The answer here is very simple – yes! Indeed, France and Wales can share this year’s Six Nations title, which would be the first time since 1988!
If France were to score five tries and beat Scotland by a margin of 20 points, they would end up with the same point total, points difference and tries scored as Wales, making the pair inseparable.
Coincidentally, Wales and France shared the title in 1988, in what was then a five-team tournament.
It’s a pretty unlikely scenario, but what a story it would be!
How do you view France versus Scotland?
The highly anticipated match between France and Scotland starts on Friday, March 26 at 8 p.m. GMT.
It is set to be shown live on BBC One, with coverage starting at 7.30pm,
The match will also be available to stream on both the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer.
What changes has France made to their XV?
Romain Ntamack will come for their sixth and final game in the starting XV of France
Fabien Galthie has made five changes to his French side following their dramatic victory over Wales.
The team will include Romain Ntamack, Arthur Vincent, Bernard Le Roux, Swan Rebbadj and Anthony Jelonch.
Dropouts are the injured fly-half Matthieu Jalibe and the suspended Paul Willemse, in addition to Teddy Thomas, Romain Taofifenua and Dylan Cretin.
France XV: Brice Dulin, Damian Penaud, Virimi Vakatawa, Arthur Vincent, Gael Fickou, Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Gregory Alldritt, Charles Ollivon (c), Anthony Jelonch, Swan Rebbadj, Bernard Le Roux, Mohamed Haouas, Julien Marchand, Cyril Baille.
What changes has Scotland made to their XV?
Captain Stuart Hogg returns to his favorite fullback position and Finn Russel returns
Gregor Townsend has also made a number of changes to his squad, perhaps most notably with the return of Finn Russel on the fly-half, allowing Stuart Hogg to take on his more traditional role as a fullback, while Adam Hastings on the fly-half. bank goes down.
Sean Maitland has been pulled out of the squad with a new agreement that only five English players can be on the squad, while Dave Cherry is also out to replace George Turner at hooker.
Scotland XV: Stuart Hogg (c), Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe, Finn Russell, Ali Price; Matt Fagerson, Hamish Watson, Jamie Ritchie, Grant Gilchrist, Sam Skinner, Zander Fagerson, George Turner, Rory Sutherland.