The Breakdown: a statistical look at round two of the Six Nations

The Breakdown: a statistical look at round two of the Six Nations

The Breakdown: a statistical look at round two of the Six Nations

Lionel Beauxis will start at flyhalf for France against Scotland in Six Nations rugby on Sunday, six years after his last worldwide cap.

Six changes bring back the reassuring presence of Greig Laidlaw, Ryan Wilson, Peter Horne, Grant Gilchrist and Sean Maitland, all senior players with some degree of leadership skill.

France scored a late try to lead Ireland 13-12 in Brunel's first game in charge, only for Irish flyhalf Jonathan Sexton to land a stunning dropped goal from 44 metres out in the last act of the game.

In the weekend's remaining Test, Ireland host Italy in a fixture for which all the statistics point to a comfortable home win.

"But I really believe in the group of players". That game plan's been working for us for 18 months now, so we've got to stick to what we're good at and just execute a bit better. "There is still a lot of belief in the team but we have to go out and put in a performance".

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"It's going to have to go up a notch to beat England".

Russell's errant kicking let the French off the hook as he failed to find touch and that mistake was punished on 27 minutes as Thomas' wizardry once again opened up the Scots.

Scotland will now be looking for a vast improvement in front of the home crowd but a much-improved France could make it a tough game to win.

Similarly, Scotland skipper John Barclay didn't stray too far from the script he must have played through in his head as many times as Gregor Townsend and the SRU's video editors have re-run that calamitous afternoon against Wales. Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors) 9.

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"It always helps in decision-making that he can speak to someone with that amount of experience, advising, 'what are you seeing in terms of their defence?' Greig should have the right answers". "Lionel can relieve us with his kicking if the pressure is strong".

He said: "We have the experience, although we had it on the pitch last week".

"We've got to learn, it's a different competition". "We got away from that last weekend".

"I think in this competition you would, yeah", he said.

"The effort it takes to win a Test match is huge, and when you have to do it being behind for most of the game, that shows the character of the squad and the togetherness".

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"We've got to adapt to that". And if that game plan can work against the Australians, it can work against anyone in world record, including, dare we say, Jones' England. With Ali Price at half-back, results have been impressive: thanks to his great break and desire to play fast and loose, the youngster has looked the definitive Townsend player.

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