Four of the changes are injury-related, with Blair Kinghorn preferred over Darcy Graham on the wing
It’s a sign of Scotland’s growing strength that head coach Gregor Townsend was able to name a squad with five changes from the squad that beat Italy to France’s arrival at Murrayfield on Sunday at the Fall Nations Cup, but field an equally strong team
Four of those changes are injury-related, while the other was in response to Scotland’s planned six-day turnaround ahead of next week’s game against Fiji, though that game was, like largely scheduled, canceled Friday noon
Up front, Oli Kebble begins to lose his head after Rory Sutherland damaged ankle ligaments, although Townsend said the injury was not as severe as feared Hooker Fraser Brown will be alongside Kebble in the front row after recovering from a sudden blow to the head, with George Turner on the bench and Stuart McInally completely relinquishing the 23 Across the front row, Simon Berghan starts on the prop, another position where Scotland have three good options, while Zander Fagerson starts off the bench and WP Nel leaves the squad Matt Fagerson starts at No.8 after recovering from an injury meaning Blade Thomson falls off the bench, while Jamie Ritchie is fit to start on the blind side after getting injured early in the win against Italy
The only place Townsend changed his starting selection without injury as a factor is on the wing, where Blair Kinghorn replaces his Edinburgh teammate Darcy Graham, as he did at the end of the win from Scotland to Florence
The Scotland coach also drafted Saracens center Duncan Taylor, who was not initially named to the squad, and Sean Maitland on the bench as part of a planned rotation designed to give the bigger one number of players possible one race, with a view to build depth and competition « We see this campaign as an opportunity to see other players play, and Fiji were going to play a big role in it, » Townsend said » We definitely wanted to give players like Sean Maitland and Duncan Taylor, who are on the bench this week, the opportunity to get involved in our game day squads because we know what good players they are and that. increases competition This means players need to be fresh when they get this opportunity during this seven week period. »
Scotland are looking for a record-breaking sixth consecutive win, but face a formidable France side who have won all of their Six Nations games except Murrayfield, where mainstay Mohamed Haouas was sent off early in the 28-17 win of Scots in March The result against France will determine whether Scotland will face Ireland in Dublin one week on Saturday or England in Twickenham the next day.
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