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France captain Guilhem Guirado expecting a tough Scotland test

Guilhem Guirado insists France's decade of dominance over Scotland will count for nothing when they go head-to-head on Sunday.

The Scots have not tasted victory over Les Bleus since their Murrayfield win in 2006.

The teams are back in Edinburgh for this weekend's RBS 6 Nations clash and the visitors know they must prevail if they want to extend their Championship title push into next week's last-day clash with England.

But skipper Guiardo says he takes little encouragement from the record books.

The Toulon hooker said: "Over the last 10 years, Scotland have given us trouble every time we have played them because they are a team that runs the ball a lot.

"But what happened over the last 10 years is not that important. Tomorrow is what matters most."

Scotland did come close to grabbing a draw the last time the teams met in a summer warm-up clash ahead of last year's World Cup.

But Dark Blues captain Greig Laidlaw turned down a last-gasp penalty which would have secured a stalemate as he chased a winning try.

The ploy failed but Guirado believes his side are in for another close-run affair.

"A lot of our group has changed since the last time we played them," he said. "They began the Six Nations badly against England but they could have beaten Wales and we have seen how they managed to crush the Italians, so we have been warned. We know it will be difficult on Sunday.

"Scotland like to use the ball and play a lot of rugby, and that is what we are expecting."

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