In pictures: Scotland’s last dozen wins at rugby against France

Scotland’s national rugby team play their last game of 2021’s Six Nations this coming Friday, March 26, against France.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 7:18 pm
Scotland players including Stuart Hogg, back far right, and Rory Sutherland, third from right at front, celebrating with the Auld Alliance Trophy after beating France 28-17 in Edinburgh a year ago (Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images)

Kicking off at 8pm, that round-three game, at the Stade de France, north of Paris, was originally due to be played on Sunday, February 28, but had to be called off following a Covid-19 outbreak in the French camp.

The Scots and French have won three apiece of their last half-dozen games, with the former triumphing in March 2020, August 2019 and February 2018.

Last March’s 28-17 victory at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium was the first time the Scots had notched up back-to-back wins against the French since 1964, as well as being their last game in front of a crowd. Sean Maitland scored two tries for Gregor Townsend’s side, with Stuart McInally adding another, and Adam Hastings kicked three penalties and two conversions.

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March 8, 2020: Scotland 28, France 17, Six Nations Hawick's Stuart Hogg lifting the Auld Alliance Trophy after the Scots' last game in front of fans at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh (Photo: Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)

It followed a 17-14 win for Scotland in Edinburgh the preceding August in the second of two 2019 Rugby World Cup warm-up matches against the French, thanks to tries by Maitland and Chris Harris and two conversions and a penalty from Jedburgh’s Greig Laidlaw.

February 2018’s 32-26 win for the Scots, putting them on their way to a third-place finish in the Six Nations, ahead of France and England, saw them pick up the inaugural Auld Alliance Trophy. It was secured by tries by Maitland and Huw Jones, plus six penalties out of six and two conversions by Laidlaw.

Scotland won only one of the six games before, though, in March 2016.

That 29-18 victory was Scotland’s first against France for a decade and also their first home win in the Six Nations since 2013, ending a seven-match losing streak at Murrayfield. Hawick’s Stuart Hogg scored a try for Scotland and a penalty, with Laidlaw marking his 50th cap by kicking three penalties out of three, as well as a conversion. Duncan Taylor and Tim Visser went over for the Scots’ other two tries.

August 24, 2019: Scotland 17, France 14, summer test Stuart Hogg gathering the ball for Scotland during a 2019 Rugby World Cup warm-up at Murrayfield in Edinburgh (Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)

Out of the 34 games contested by the two nations over the preceding 30 years, Scotland won eight and the French 25, with one, in New Zealand in 1987, being drawn.

The most recent of those Scottish wins was by 20-16 at home in the Six Nations in 2006, with all the others being in its Five Nations incarnation – by 36-22 away in 1999, 19-14 at home in 1996, 23-21 away in 1995, 10-6 at home in 1992, 21-0 at home in 1990, 23-12 at home in 1988 and 18-17 at home in 1986.

Here’s a look back at those last dozen victories for the Dark Blues over les Bleus ...

February 11, 2018: Scotland 32, France 26, Six Nations Huw Jones celebates scoring Scotland's second try with Greig Laidlaw at Murrayfield (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
March 13, 2016: Scotland 29, France 18, Six Nations Jedburgh's Greig Laidlaw passing the ball at Murrayfield (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
February 5, 2006: Scotland 20, France 16, Six Nations Former Gala star Chris Paterson being bundled into touch by Frederic Michalak at Murrayfield (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
April 10, 1999: France 22, Scotland 36, Five Nations Scottish fly-half Gregor Townsend celebrates after scoring a try at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris (Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images)
February 3, 1996: Scotland 19, France 14, Five Nations Gala's Michael Dods celebrates scoring his first try at Murrayfield in Edinburgh (Photo: Shaun Botterill/Allsport/Getty Images)
February 18, 1995: France 21, Scotland 23 Former Melrose player Bryan Redpath being held by Phillipe Benetton of France at the Parc des Princes in Paris (Photo: Pascal Rondeau/Allsport/Getty Images)
March 7, 1992: Scotland 10, France 6, Five Nations Andries van Heerden of France being pulled down by Fife's David McIvor at Murrayfield (Photo: Chris Cole/Allsport/Getty Images)
February 17, 1990: Scotland 21, France 0, Five Nations Kelso's John Jeffrey being tackled by France's Franck Mesnel at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh (Photo: STF/AFP via Getty Images)
February 6, 1988: Scotland 23, France 12, Five Nations Scottish players including David Sole tackling France's Eric Champ and Pierre Berbizier at Murrayfield (Photo by Jean-Loup Gautreau and Patrick Hertzog/AFP via Getty Images)
January 18, 1986: Scotland 18, France 17, Five Nations Jedburgh's Roy Laidlaw passing the ball at Murrayfield as Scotland headed for a second-placed finish in 1986's Five Nations, level on points with table-toppers France (Photo: Jack Crombie/TPSL)