McFarland | Will to win is clear

Scotland Assistant Coach Dan McFarland believes the national team’s resolve has intensified further still ahead of this Sunday’s (11 February) match against France at BT Murrayfield Stadium (kick-off 3pm) – live on BBC.

Both sides go into the match following opening round defeats, with the Scots going down in Cardiff to Wales and 'Les Bleus' losing out to Ireland courtesy of a 45 metre, Jonny Sexton drop-goal in.

The result is that they now meet head-on in a bid to right their round-one wrongs this weekend in Edinburgh.

“Determination is at the forefront of our mind," said McFarland.

“We know we didn’t play at the level we can so there’s a determination to really show what we’re about."

McFarland expects some adjustments to be made if Scotland want a positive result against France, with one already confirmed in the shape of injured wing Byron McGuigan (hamstring) who started in Cardiff.

McFarland continued: “Gregor [Townsend] leads an environment that is very positive with high standards, so there’s always going to be areas we will look at and adjust.

"There are things we’ll look at and change. Whether that will be the definitive answer, time will tell.”

McFarland identified a need to increase accuracy in many facets of the game ahead of the France test but maintains that taking risks remains critical if you are to compete with the best teams in the world.

He said: “When you play at the top end of international rugby you are playing on the edge. If your style of play is like our style of play, which is ambitious, you do play at the edge and there are errors.”

The Scotland coach added that there is no better way to motivate the team than a home game at BT Murrayfield.

“If you lose in the NatWest 6 Nations away and your next game is at home in front of 67,000 of your own fans, what a motivator that is.

“We’re looking ahead to the game against a France team who put up a fantastic fight against Ireland. What a challenge that is for us.

“It’s the same in all professional sports. You get knocked down and it’s about the strength of character needed to stand strong and go back at it the next week to find your answer.”