Scotland team to face France: Townsend makes four changes
have made four changes to the starting side to face France in this Saturday’s third round Guinness Six Nations Test in Paris (kick-off 2.15pm GMT) – live on BBC.
Back-row Magnus Bradbury is the only change to the pack – after a timely, man-of the-match-winning return from injury last weekend – to start in place of the injured Ryan Wilson (knee).
The three remaining changes come in the back division, where Glasgow Warriors playmaker Pete Horne – also in man-of-the-match winning form in the Guinness PRO14 last weekend – starts at stand-off in place of Finn Russell, who has a head injury.
BREAKING | Scotland make four changes to face France in this Saturday's Guinness Six Nations Test in Paris.
🔄 Pete Horne for Finn Russell
🔄 Magnus Bradbury for Ryan Wilson
🔄 Nick Grigg for Huw Jones
🔄 Blair Kinghorn for Stuart Hogg
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) February 21, 2019
Blair Kinghorn replaces the injured Stuart Hogg (shoulder) to earn his third Test start in the full-back role he occupies week in, week out for Edinburgh, while Glasgow Warriors centre Nick Grigg comes into the midfield for injured clubmate Huw Jones (knee).
Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend, said: “Injuries create opportunities for others to show what they can do and, throughout the past couple of seasons, we’ve seen a number of players really step up.
“All of the players coming in started against Argentina in the summer, which ranks as one of our best ever away performances.
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“On top of that there is cohesion forged through familiarity at club level – Magnus [Bradbury] in the back-row lines up with clubmate Jamie Ritchie, and Pete Horne and Nick Grigg are either side of Sam Johnson in the backs.”
Both Scotland and France go into this Saturday’s Test looking to bounce back from round two defeats against Ireland and England respectively.
Scotland team to play France in Paris in round three of the Guinness Six Nations
Saturday 23 February (kick-off 2.15pm GMT) – live on BBC
15. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 9 caps
14. Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 48 caps
13. Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors) – 6 caps
12. Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – 2 caps
11. Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 38 caps
10. Pete Horne VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 39 caps
9. Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN (Clermont Auvergne) – 68 caps
1. Allan Dell (Edinburgh) – 19 caps
2. Stuart McInally VICE CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 24 caps
3. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 16 caps
4. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 30 caps
5. Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 48 caps
6. Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh) – 4 caps
7. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 8 caps
8. Josh Strauss (Sale Sharks) – 19 caps
16. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 39 caps
17. Alex Allan (Glasgow Warriors) – 7 caps
18. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 18 caps
19. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh) – 15 caps
20. Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons) – 1 cap
21. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 21 caps
22. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 8 caps
23. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh) – 1 cap