Do France have trick up their sleeve?

WE ARE approaching another huge game at London Scottish tomorrow, as Bedford Blues are the visitors. We were desperately unlucky to lose last week at Plymouth, nine minutes into injury time and in the last play of the game. We will certainly be aiming to put that right and build on the phenomenal defensive effort our squad put in during that game.

Our forwards were fantastic in the set-piece, and this is the area we need to build on in order to grind out some more victories. The Championship is phenomenally competitive and our performances against Cornish Pirates and Bristol show even the front-runners can be matched.

Every club is fighting to stay in the top eight in order to avoid the relegation play-off at the end of the season, and our aim is no different. We know we have the players to achieve this, and we will be fighting to the end in order to make sure we live up to our potential.

Our squad has just been bolstered by two of the Argentina World Cup squad, wing Augustine Gosio and scrum-half Alfredo Lallana, and they will be very useful in helping us to put away the chances we are creating. We are hopeful they will both feature this weekend.

The Saturday kick-off means I’ll be watching the World Cup final on Sunday morning. However, as things stand I can’t see it being a particularly close game.

Either New Zealand will coast through and win it comfortably, or – and perhaps this is unlikely – Marc Lievremont will reveal himself as one of the greatest tacticians in rugby history, and will unveil an amazing plan that the All Blacks had no idea was coming. Following four years of apparent confusion and eccentric squad selections within the French team, it would take an enormous twist to achieve victory in the World Cup final.

France have stumbled through to this final, apparently almost by accident, whereas the Kiwis have looked the best team in the tournament so far. It would be amazing if France could overturn the odds and beat New Zealand but I have to say, in the history of the World Cup I don’t think there has ever been a more one-sided final.

Simon Amor is Head Coach at London Scottish. Their next match is against Bedford Blues on Saturday 3pm, Richmond Athletic Ground Like us at

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