Scotland make three changes for France clash

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Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has made three changes ahead of his side’s Six Nations clash against France at Murrayfield on Sunday.

All three alterations came in the forward line with hooker Fraser Brown replacing Stuart McInally to make his 50th international cap, while Grant Gilchrist and Nick Haining have been selected to start with Magnus Bradbury and Ben Toolis missing out.

“This week we face a France team that looks galvanised since the World Cup, with a potential Grand Slam in their sights,” Townsend said in a statement.

“We have a lot of respect for their coaching team and the quality of player they possess throughout their squad, many of them just in their early stages of their international careers.

“We’re going to have to deliver our best rugby of the Championship in order to beat a team in such good form.”

Scotland starting XV to face France

Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Blair Kinghorn, Adam Hastings, Ali Price, Rory Sutherland, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Nick Haining.

Replacements: Stuart McInally, Allan Dell, Willem Nel, Sam Skinner, Magnus Bradbury, Geroge Horne, Duncan Weir, Kyle Steyn.

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