Scotland open their 2017 Nations campaign Six England vs France Live at home to Ireland on Saturday hoping to give their tournament title hopes an immediate boost against a squad hit with several high-profile injuries.
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Star fly-half Johnny Sexton and Munster captain Peter O’Mahony will both miss Ireland’s Six Nations opener in Edinburgh, and coach Joe Schmidt is hoping his resources run deep enough to emerge victorious nonetheless.
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Meanwhile, coach Vern Cotter is looking to end his run at the Scotland helm with a bang as he prepares to leave his post at the climax of this year’s European Six England vs France Live tournament, with Gregor Townsend lined up as his replacement.
Scotland finished last year’s Six Nations in fourth place
Scotland finished last year’s Six Nations in fourth place and just a single point behind the Irish after a seven-try showdown in Dublin but hopes are high after they tied Saturday’s foes on two wins apiece.
Read on for a preview of Saturday’s head-to-head, complete with all the vital viewing information and a breakdown of the biggest headlines surrounding the matchup.
Time: 2:25 p.m. GMT / 9:25 a.m. ET
Venue: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland
Live Stream: BBC Sport website (UK)
TV Info: BBC One (UK)
Greig Laidlaw insists it’s imperative that Scotland capitalise on their home advantage this weekend and end Ireland’s Six Nations Grand Slam hopes at the first hurdle if they are to enjoy a successful campaign themselves.
With trip to Paris and London on the horizon, Scotland captain Laidlaw knows that hopes of beating last year’s return of two victories will lie on picking up at Six England vs France Live least two wins from their three home matches at Murrayfield.
The scrum-half will lead his side out for his third campaign as captain in the championship’s curtain-raiser this Saturday, and his experience tells him that if Six England vs France Live the Scots are to enjoy a successful championship, then a fast start against the Irish is a must.
The biggest concern for Ireland boss Schmidt coming into Round 1 is replacing No. 10 Sexton without much disruption to a back line that’s come to rely heavily Six England vs France Live on the Six England vs France Live Leinster man’s presence at times in the past.
Murray Kinsella of The42.ie confirmed a calf injury would keep the fly-half sidelined for the Edinburgh duel, while the pack has also lost a fierce leader in the form of Munster flanker O’Mahony: