Scotland centre Chris Harris believes a first Championship since 1999 remains firmly within reach for his side as they prepare to take on fellow contenders France.
Gregor Townsend’s side have not won in Paris since lifting the trophy 22 years ago and Sunday’s Round 3 clash could go a long way to deciding the destination of this year’s ultimate prize.
Having ended a Twickenham hoodoo stretching back 38 years on the opening weekend, Harris and his teammates travel to the French capital confident of returning with a similar outcome despite their setback against Wales last time out.
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“We’re ready for it, we’re feeling good and we’re playing well,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“I think that’s quite exciting. It’s a big game for us because if we go over there and we win, it puts us in a real good spot to win the comp. Everyone believes it. We’ve just got to go out there and do the job.
“After we beat England away, it was a case of: ‘We can do this!’ We’ve then gone close against Wales.
“We’re obviously not focusing too far ahead, but if we can beat France then we’ve got two home games to come, so it’s a good opportunity for us.”
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Scotland head coach Townsend crossed for a try in Scotland’s 36-22 win at the Stade de France in 1999 but the current crop have not enjoyed similar success across the Channel.
Harris is unburdened by the history, however, with this weekend representing his first experience of the home of French rugby – which the centre reckons may lack its usual imposing feel.
“I’ve never actually played in Paris, so I don’t know what it’s like,” said the 30-year-old, who has played every minute of Scotland’s campaign to date.
“But we’re playing in empty stadiums at the moment, so it’s probably going to be similar to playing at all the other empty stadiums.
“We are full of confidence and we all believe that we can win the Championship.”
Following their trip to Paris, Scotland welcome Ireland and Italy to BT Murrayfield for their final two matches of the 2021 Guinness Six Nations.