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Test Preview – Scotland v France


Scotland have a score to settle with the French on Saturday when they host them after being outplayed in France last weekend.

It was a poor performances in Scotlands first warm-up test as they prepare for the World Cup in Japan and they will want to put a 100% better performance together on Saturday in front of their home crowd.

They will be running onto the field with a totally new team with only Hogg remaining from the starting XV that were beaten by the French.

Scotland coach Townsend was clearly disappointed in their test last weekend and feel that it does not reflect the hard work the players have put in in their preparations.

Hogg will be joined by Sean Maitland and Tommy Seymour in a new look back three.

Finn Russel and Greig Laidlaw will form the halfback pair for this test with Laidlaw taking over the captaincy.

The loose trio also have a new feeling to it with Thomson to make his test debut and Watson and Wilson on the side of the scrum.

Scott Cummings and Sam Skinner will form the second row with Gordon Reid, Willem Nel and hooker George Turner forming the new front row.

French coach Brunel has made four changes to his side to keep building momentum in Scotland.

In the backs Ramos come in for Medard  and upfront we see firstly the return of captain and hooker Guilhem Guirado.

In the second row we also see Felix Lambey getting his chance with Vahaamashina.

The last change to the French side sees Arthur Iturria replacing Francois Cros.

Scotland was starved from getting any ball last week and they will have to compete better in the loose and set pieces. Without ball no team can score points and the French speed in the test last week was just too much for the Scots.

Mistakes on attack was also disappointed from the Scots but sure they have worked hard on that this week and we expect a great test match between these two side.


Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Pete Horne, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Sam Skinner, 4 Scott Cummings, 3 Willem Nel, 2 George Turner, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 Grant Stewart, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Grant Gilchrist, 20 John Barclay, 21 George Horne, 22 Rory Hutchinson, 23 Blair Kinghorn

France: 15 Thomas Ramos, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Gael Fickou, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Alivereti Raka, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Gregory Alldritt, 7 Charles Ollivon, 6 Arthur Iturria, 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4 Felix Lambey, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 1 Jefferson Poirot
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Emerick Setiano, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Yacouba Camara, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Romain Ntamack, 23 Maxime Medard

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