If there's one time Scotland would want to play France then it's in the opening game of the competition when there's a chance of the visitors being a little rusty.
There's no doubt France will be a very tough proposition but it's by no means an impossible task for the Scots. The key for Scotland is to get amongst the French and force some mistakes.
French sides in the past used to be easily rattled and there's no doubt their discipline has improved remarkably, but they can still crack under pressure. Scotland need to get in their faces and try and disrupt their rythmn.
The French have tremendous strength in depth, and are able to leave out players like Sebastien Chabal - who has been outstanding in this year's English Premiersip.
But Scotland have some experienced players of their own who they will look to to provide some clear leadership in this year's RBS 6 Nations tournament.
It is a big year for Simon Taylor, who has been disappointing in some of Edinburgh's games of late. He needs to rise to the challenge of being a senior player in the side, and begin to fulfil the potential he has shown for a number of years.
The selection of Mike Blair at scrum-half ahead of Chris Cusiter suggests to me that Frank Hadden will be looking to play an expansive running type of game. Blair has a fine service and will help provide some width to Scotland's attacking play.
On the wing Sean Lamont has proved to a potent attacking weapon, and will finish tries off if he can get his hands on the ball.
England flanker James Haskell insists he will be pushing as hard as possible to be back from a toe injury in time to make his case for a spot in Eddie Jones' side looking to defend their RBS 6 Nations title next year.