The French game is obsolete in the sense that it's been used and needs to be rejuvenated by putting a new strategy in place. The tournament will be a laboratory in terms of testing players especially.
France need a solid number 10 as well as a number 8 they can rely on. What Les Bleus lack is real leaders in the game. I think this is now or never for France.
We have two and half years left before the 2007 World Cup. There is still time to change what is not working, whether it's the players, the coach or the strategy.
If France miss out on the 2005 Six Nations then they can start worrying. If they don't win it, they must at least find a style of play in order to have a longer term vision on their ambitions and objectives.
I was expecting a lot of changes in Bernard Laporte's squad following their test-match defeats in November but in the end, 80, if not 90% of the team from the Autumn was maintained ahead of the Scotland match.
Sebastien Chabal is back with his capacity of bringing power to break rivals' lines. The return of Yann Delaigue is also to be outlined as he is performing brilliantly with Castres. He has the maturity, the intelligence and experience to be a valuable number 10 even though his weakness is in defence.
It's good to put him in competition with Frederic Michalak who remains the future of the French team. But he needs time to develop his game and, thanks to Delaigue, the pressure will be less on him during the tournament.
On the other hand, Delaigue is very strong mentally to cope with the situation, he knows he will be given a chance to impose his style. But at 32 he'd better not miss out on this opportunity. The fact they will be both put in competition will boost them.
In terms of performance I think we can beat Scotland but the most important thing will be how we beat them.
As far as the other clash between Wales and England is concerned, England will clearly start favourites even though Wales have improved a lot recently.
I remember the match between both sides during the 2003 World Cup. I had never seen Wales play that well since the seventies.
The fact Wales host England might add to the pressure. England have the experience to win but Wales have the motivation and their public behind them - this is a real 50-50 match.
The Italians meanwhile want to win their matches at home as much as possible but the Irish should be stronger as I believe they are serious contenders to win the tournament this year. And if they beat the Italians it will certainly boost their confidence.