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Preview – France v Scotland

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It will be some desperate players running out in Paris on Saturday when France host Scotland in round 3 of this years Guinness Six Nations.

France are coming off a proper hiding against the English two weeks ago and Scotland went down to Ireland.

The French side and their coach are under massive pressure to get a win and noting else will matter come Saturday.

French coach Jacques Brunel has made changes to his side which includes a new halfback pairing in Antoine Dupont and and Romain Ntamack.

They replace Parra and Lopez who has dropped out of the squad all together.

He also changed his fullback with Thomas Ramos with Yoann Huget moving to the wing and Gaël Fickou is going to the midfield.

In the pack Brunel kept his tight five but brought in Wenceslas Lauret at flank.

Scotland has made four changes to their side for the clash with back-row Magnus Bradbury the only change to the pack in place of the injured Ryan Wilson (knee).

Horne will start the test at fly-half in place of Finn Russell who has a head injury.

We also see Blair Kinghorn replacing the injured Stuart Hogg (shoulder) to earn his third Test start in the full-back role Nick Grigg comes into the midfield for injured club-mate 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.

“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.”

Teams:

France: 15 Thomas Ramos, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Gaël Fickou, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Arthur Iturria, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Félix Lambey, 4 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 3 Demba Bamba, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 1 Jefferson Poirot
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Etienne Falgoux, 18 Dorian Aldegheri, 19 Paul Willemse, 20 Gregory Alldritt, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Anthony Belleau, 23 Maxime Medard

Scotland: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Pete Horne, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Allan Dell
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 Gary Graham, 21 Ali Price, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Darcy Graham

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