Scots vital to Six mix
One of the more depressing features of recent Six Nations campaigns has been the decline of Scotland as a credible force. Andy Robinson, the coach, is determined to reverse that trend.
Victory against Australia in the autumn series was a sign that his rebuilding is on solid foundations, even though it was followed swiftly by defeat to Argentina. Glasgow and Edinburgh have also shown sharp improvement, particularly at home.
Robinson (pictured) is trying to bring Scotland back to a quick-paced marauding game with a ferocious defence -- never letting the opposition settle, prepared to make mistakes but gambling that his team can prevail through the chaos. No better team than France to face first up, in a Murrayfield that should be buzzing with genuine hope.
A Scottish victory, deemed improbable by the bookies and pundits alike, would be a wonderful start for a tournament that cannot afford too much predictability. A competitive Scotland and a full roaring Murrayfield, are both essential to the mix