GREGOR TOWNSEND has made for personnel and one positional change for Scotland’s final Six Nations match against France in Paris on Friday evening [kick-off 8pm GMT].
Finn Russell returns after a concussion to start at stand-off with captain Stuart Hogg reverting to his usual full-back slot, which is vacant because Sean Maitland has not been released by English club rugby to play in the match.
Ali Price returns to the starting XV at scrum-half with Scott Steele dropping to the bench, and Chris Harris gets the nod ahead of Huw Jones at outside centre.
The only change to the pack which started against Italy last weekend is at hooker, with George Turner returning to the starting XV and Dave Cherry dropping to the bench.
Adam Hastings gets the nod ahead of Jaco van Der Walt on the bench, while Oli Kebble comes back into the match day squad as loose-head replacement because Jamie Bhatti has also not been released by the English clubs.
“The match against France provides us with an opportunity to finish the Six Nations in our highest position in its history,” said Townsend. “This is a great opportunity for us to take on France, at home in Paris, as they also look to end the championship on a high.
“Both teams have needed to manage a short six-day turnaround and we have used this week to regroup and focus on putting in our best performance of the competition so far, which we will need to deliver if we are to leave Paris with a victory.
“As a group we have faced several challenges throughout this Six Nations, it has brought us closer together, and I know the players are motivated and looking forward to representing their country again on Friday night.”
Scotland (v France on Friday, at Stade de France, kick-off 8pm GMT): S Hogg©; D Graham, C Harris, S Johnson, D van der Merwe; F Russell, A Price; R Sutherland, G Turner, Z Fagerson, S Skinner, G Gilchrist, J Ritchie, H Watson, M Fagerson. Substitutes: D Cherry, O Kebble, S Berghan, A Craig, N Haining, S Steele, A Hastings, H Jones.
France: B Dulin; D Penaud, V Vakatawa, A Vincent, G Fickou; R Ntamack, A Dupont; C Baille, J Marchand, M Haouas, B Le Roux, S Rebbadj, A Jelonch, G Alldritt, C Ollivon©. Subs: C Chat, J Gros, U Atonio, R Taofifenau, D Cretin, B Serin, A Bouthier, T Thomas.