Scotland hooker Fraser Brown will mark a half-century of Test caps for his country as one of three changes to face France this Sunday at BT Murrayfield Stadium (8 March, kick-off 3pm) – live on BBC.
All three alterations come in the forward pack where Brown will become the 43rd Scotland player to reach the milestone – and only the fourth in his position – with Edinburgh’s Stuart McInally moving to the bench.
Edinburgh pair Grant Gilchrist (second-row) and Nick Haining (number 8) complete the starting changes, with Exeter Chiefs lock Sam Skinner returning from injury to join the squad on the bench for the first time this campaign and Magnus Bradbury taking a place among the replacements.
The bench also features the return of 27-times capped Worcester Warriors stand-off Duncan Weir, who could make his first Scotland appearance since the 2017 championship, while Glasgow Warriors’ Kyle Steyn would make his debut if called upon from the bench.
Scotland team to play France
15. Stuart Hogg CAPTAIN (Exeter Chiefs) – 75 caps
1. Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh) – 6 caps
2. Fraser Brown VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 49 caps
3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 28 caps
4. Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – 11 caps
5. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 41 caps
6. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 17 caps
7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 31 caps
8. Nick Haining (Edinburgh) – 2 caps
16. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh) – 36 caps
17. Allan Dell (London Irish) – 31 caps
18. Willem Nel (Edinburgh) – 37 caps
19. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – 6 caps
20. Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh) – 13 caps
21. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 12 caps
22. Duncan Weir (Worcester Warriors) – 27 caps
23. Kyle Steyn (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped