Scotland coach Gregor Townsend is bracing for three Six Nations matches in three weeks, saying he expects the coronavirus-delayed fixture against France to take place on March 26.
The Scots play Ireland at Murrayfield on Sunday and were meant to finish the championship at home to Italy on March 20.
But their scheduled February 28 clash against France in Paris was postponed because of a Covid-19 outbreak in the French camp.
No new date has yet been announced by Six Nations chiefs but there has been widespread speculation the game will now take place at the Stade de France on March 26, which is a Friday.
That, however, would leave Scotland needing to secure the release of skipper Stuart Hogg from reigning English and European champions Exeter as well as star fly-half Finn Russell from Paris-based Racing 92.
In normal circumstances, regulations mean clubs must release players for Six Nations matches. But with a March 26 match taking place outside the tournament's designated window, that rule would no longer apply.
"We know there's a date that's out there on the 26th that would suit everybody," Townsend said on Friday after naming his team.
"There are still things that have to be sorted, getting all our players available and the agreement to release them from clubs in England and France.
"I believe those discussions are ongoing.
"It's not going to be my decision on this but for a tournament of the standing of the Six Nations we need the best players playing against the best players available."
Scotland were one of several teams who received a 28-0 walkover during last year's Autumn Nations Cup when Fiji pulled out of a scheduled match because of Covid issues within their camp.
- 'Want the game played' -
But Townsend said he had no qualms about the lack of a similar rule within the Six Nations.
"You could follow all the rules, the protocols, but you could still get the virus into your camp -- we have a situation where our players are coming from other teams every second week," he said.
"We want the game played, so do France and let's hope it gets played in the next few weeks."
Townsend has made four changes to the team that suffered an agonising 25-24 loss at home to Wales last month following Scotland's first win over England at Twickenham in 38 years.
Willem Nel is set to make his first Scotland start since the 2019 World Cup after being brought in to replace the banned Zander Fagerson.
Fellow prop Fagerson was given a four-game suspension after being sent off for his head-high challenge on Wales's Wyn Jones.
Elsewhere, wing Sean Maitland, inside centre Sam Johnson and back-row Jamie Ritchie have replaced Darcy Graham, James Lang and Blade Thomson.
Scotland have won just one of their past 10 matches against Ireland, with the pain of December's 31-16 Autumn Nations Cup loss in Dublin still fresh in their minds.
"In the autumn we were 9-3 up and playing really good rugby," said Townsend.
"We know it's going to be a real physical contest and that Ireland will have some time in our 22. We just have to make sure they don't come away with points on a regular basis and we must make sure we take our chances when we get them."