Six selected for French Test
Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend has named six Edinburgh players in his squad to face France in this Sunday’s Autumn Nations Cup contest at BT Murrayfield (kick-off 3.15pm GMT) – live on Amazon Prime Video.
Blair Kinghorn starts on the wing in place of clubmate Darcy Graham while Duhan van der Merwe continues on the opposite flank following last week’s Player of the Match earning performance in the win over Italy.
Tighthead Simon Berghan makes his first international start of the season as back-row duo Jamie Ritchie and Hamish Watson continue in the pack.
Elsewhere loosehead prop Jamie Bhatti earns a place on the bench and could feature for his country for the first time since last summer – in Scotland’s away win over Georgia in Tbilisi.
Scotland’s campaign-opening win over Italy in Florence last weekend extended the national team’s run to five consecutive Test victories, a sequence which began against this weekend’s opponents in Edinburgh back in March.
Only twice have Scotland won six Tests in a row since 1900 (1925/26 and 1989/90).
Ahead of the match, Townsend said: “France are full of confidence and have played really well this year.
“We know we're playing one of the best teams in the world right now, so to rise to this challenge we're going to have to play close to our best throughout the contest on Sunday."
“The Autumn Nations Cup is all about opportunity – the opportunity to play in a new competition and the opportunity for us as coaches to see how a large number of our squad perform when given the chance to play.
“The support from the BT Murrayfield crowd was incredible last time we played France in March in the last game before the lockdown and, while they unfortunately won’t be with us in person this weekend, we’re grateful for all the messages of support letting us know that the nation is behind us once more as we take to the field this Sunday.”
SCOTLAND TEAM TO PLAY FRANCE AT BT MURRAYFIELD STADIUM
Sunday 22 November (kick-off 3.15pm) – live on Amazon Prime Video
15. Stuart Hogg CAPTAIN (Exeter Chiefs) – 78 caps
14. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 24 caps
13. Chris Harris (Gloucester) – 21 caps
12. Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – 14 caps
11. Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh) – 3 caps
10. Duncan Weir (Worcester Warriors) – 29 caps
9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 35 caps
1. Oli Kebble (Glasgow Warriors) – 3 caps
2. Fraser Brown VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 52 caps
3. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 27 caps
4. Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – 15 caps
5. Jonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs) – 59 caps
6. Jamie Ritchie VICE CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 21 caps
7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 35 caps
8. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 7 caps
16. George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 10 caps
17. Jamie Bhatti (Edinburgh) – 15 caps
18. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 32 caps
19. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – 8 caps
20. Blade Thomson (Scarlets) – 7 caps
21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Exeter Chiefs) – 13 caps
22. Duncan Taylor (Saracens) – 26 caps
23. Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 48 caps