RORY DARGE will make his first start for Scotland, having debuted off the bench against Wales a fortnight ago, in Saturday’s Six Nations round three clash against Grand Slam chasing France at Murrayfield.
His selection is one of three personnel changes in the pack, with Magnus Bradbury starting at No 8 in place of the injured Matt Fagerson, and Zander Fagerson coming in at tight-head prop in place of WP Nel, who drops to the bench. There is also a positional alteration with Sam Skinner switching from blindside flanker to second-row in place of the injured Jonny Gray.
There are no changes to the backline, while prop Oli Kebble, second-row Jamie Hodgson, back-row Nick Haining and centre Mark Bennett (in place of injured Cam Redpath) are added to the bench.
Meanwhile, as predicted by TOL yesterday, France have shifted Yoram Moefana from inside-centre to the left wing in place of the injured Gabin Villiere, with Jonathan Danty returning from injury to take over the No 12 jersey. The rest of the visiting starting XV is unchanged to the side which head coach Fabien Galthié sent out against Ireland in round two.
Scotland (v France at Murrayfield on Saturday @ 2.15pm): S Hogg©; D Graham, C Harris, S Tuipulotu, D van der Merwe; F Russell (VC), A Price; P Schoeman, S McInally, Z Fagerson, S Skinner, G Gilchrist (VC), R Darge, H Watson, M bradbury.
Replacements: G Turner, O Kebble, W Nel, J Hodgson, N Haining, B White, B Kinghorn, M Bennett.
France: M Jaminet; D Penaud, G Fickou, J Danty, Y Moefana; R Ntamack, A Dupont; C Baille, J Marchand, U Atonio, C Woki, P Willense, F Cros, A Jelonch, G Alldritt.
Replacements: P Mauvaka, J Gros, D Bamba, R Taofifenua, T Flament, D Cretin, M Lucu, T Ramos.