France take on Scotland tonight, with every rugby fan in Wales set to closely follow what happens in the final match of the Six Nations.
The French must secure a bonus point win and a margin of victory of 21 points or more to deny Wales the title just six days after ripping apart their Grand Slam hopes.
There is also a scenario where the title could end up being shared if France win by exactly 20 points.
The game kicks off at 8pm UK time and will be shown live on BBC One.
Live updates below.
France: Brice Dulin; Damian Penaud, Virimi Vakatawa, Arthur Vincent, Gael Fickou; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas; Bernard Le Roux, Swan Rebbadj; Anthony Jelonch, Charles Ollivon (capt), Gregory Aldritt.
Replacements: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Uini Atonio, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Anthony Bouthier, Teddy Thomas.
Scotland: Stuart Hogg (capt); Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, George Turner, Zander Fagerson; Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist; Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Nick Haining.
Replacements: David Cherry, Oli Kebble, Simon Berghan, Alex Craig, Ryan Wilson, Scott Steele, Adam Hastings, Huw Jones.
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Wales stars question fairness of France’s rearranged match
Wales stalwarts Dan Biggar and Jonathan Davies have questioned the fairness of tonight’s rearranged match.
The game between France and Scotland, scheduled for earlier in the tournament, was postponed after a Covid outbreak within the French camp.
It later transpired that a group of players left the Covid-secure bubble in Rome.
Les Bleus were not punished, though, and it could be argued that they’ve gained a competitive advantage as Scotland do not have all their players – though they have the majority – available for tonight’s match due to player release complications.
Davies and Biggar were appearing on the House of Rugby podcast to discuss the events of last weekend.
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“The tournament ends on a Super Saturday and it should have ended on Saturday,” said Davies.
“For them to get more time as a squad and then play [against] a weakened team on the weekend – it doesn’t seem fair.
“But they are the cards that France have been dealt and we all tune in on Friday with our tartan on, looking forward to, hopefully, a Scottish victory.”
Biggar added: “It feels like everyone else has managed to get all Covid tests back negative and France have broken the rules but seem to be gaining an advantage by knowing exactly what they need to do.
“It’s disappointing from our end on that.”
Dejected Dan Biggar of Wales (Image: Huw Evans Picture Agency)
Hogg ‘hacked off’
This bodes well hopefully.
Scotland skipper Stuart Hogg is hacked off at the way tonight’s match is being talked about.
He’s unhappy the focus is on what France’s margin of victory will be, with the Scots still intent on finishing second in the tournament.
“A lot has been said that’s beginning to hack me off,” Hogg said.
“The fact that they’ve got to get 21 points. We read a quote from one of their players saying that they’ve got a trophy to win. As a proud Scotsman, that hurt me a lot.
“We win by eight points, and we finish the highest we’ve ever finished in a Six Nations. That’s the motivation for us. It’s going to be one hell of a challenge, an open game of rugby, and we’re really, really excited for it.”
The scenarios for tonight
A very good evening to you on the night the Six Nations is finally decided.
By 10pm tonight we will know the winner of the 2021 tournament, and hopefully it will be Wales.
Here’s the basics of what you need to know.
A Scotland win or a draw gives Wales the title.
If France win but don’t get a bonus point, Wales are champions.
The French need to beat Scotland, score four tries or more and win by at least 21 clear points to draw level in the Championship table and overturn Wales’ points difference advantage
If they are tied on points difference (if France get a bonus point win and the margin of victory is 20), then the title will be decided by number of tries scored. Currently, Wales have scored 20 tries and France have scored 15 tries.
If everything is level (points, points difference, tries scored), the title will be shared.