FINN RUSSELL will captain Scotland against France at Murrayfield on Saturday, with head coach Gregor Townsend naming a strong but not quite full-strength team for the second of four warm-up matches leading into this Autumn’s World Cup.
Regular skipper Jamie Ritchie is out with a calf injury (he is expected back next week).
The side features 13 changes to the side which beat Italy last weekend. Darcy Graham, who score a brace against Italy, is retained on the wing, while Matt Fagerson shifts from No 8 to blindside flanker.
Inside-centre Sione Tuipulotu and second-row Grant Gilchrist are the vice-captains.
Rory Darge, who led Scotland against, is one of five forwards named as replacements, with Dave Cherry, Jamie Bhatti, WP Nel and Scott Cummings listed as forward options, with backs George Horne, Cameron Redpath and Ollie Smith completing the matchday 23.
Scotland (v France at Scottish Gas Murrayfield, Saturday 3.15pm): D Kinghorn; D Graham, H Jones, S Tuipulotu (VC), D van der Merwe; F Russell©, B White; P Schoeman, E Ashman, Z Fagerson, R Gray, G Gilchrist (VC), M Fagerson, H Watson, J Dempsey. Substitutes: D Cherry, J Bhatti, W Nel, S Cummings, R Darge, G Horne, C Redpath, O Steyn.