Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Six Nations: Scotland primed for trip across channel

Alastair Kellock, who tomorrow captains Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations for the first time, |is hoping to see history repeat itself.

Five years ago to the day — February 5, 2006 — in what was his first Test start, Scotland beat France 20-16, albeit that it was at Murrayfield.

So coach Andy Robinson is hoping for a first, too — in his case a first Scottish win in Paris since 1999 when they won the last-ever Five Nations Championship.

The Scots, who have not won the opening fixture of a Six Nations campaign since they beat France that day in 2006, go to Paris intent on adding to a run of five wins in six Tests.

“It's a big game and I'm really looking forward to it,” Kellock said.

“I know it's going to be tough, we all do, but we're doing the right things, we're in the right place. We know how good we're going to have to be to get the win.

“You don't go over to Paris, play poorly and win.”

John Barclay, Kellock’s Glasgow Warriors colleague, echoes his skipper’s optimism.

“We're confident in what we're doing. There's a very good feeling in the squad and we fully believe in ourselves.”

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