Preview: France v Scotland

Date published: February 6 2015

Scotland are looking to end a decade of hurt when they take on France in Paris and Vern Cotter might be their secret weapon.

The former Clermont boss knows better than anyone what to expect from les Bleus, with four of his former charges in the French 23.

The Cotter effect has already been in full view during the November Tests, where the Scots comfortably knocked off Argentina and Tonga and only narrowly lost to New Zealand, albeit a second-string All Black side.

Glasgow’s recent form gives more reason for optimism, and the Scottish three-quarter line is bursting with pace and attacking threat, something that was missing for so long during the 2000s.

The question is, will that be enough to end a long run of defeats?

Since1999 – when Scotland famously won and, with a little help from Scott Gibbs, claimed the final edition of the Five Nations – only once have Scotland beaten the French, a surprise win to open the tournament at Murrayfield back in 2006.

Yet, this year, more than ever, there is a sense they might be able cause an upset, in what would be a disastrous start to Philippe Saint-Andr