Scotland make five change for Autumn Nations game against France

Fraser Brown returns for Scotland
Fraser Brown returns for Scotland

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has made five changes for the second round of the Autumn Nations Cup clash against France.

A new look front-row will take the field at Murrayfield Stadium on Sunday with Oli Kebble, Fraser Brown and Simon Berghan returning to the starting XV.

The back-row also sees a change with Matt Fagerson slotted at number eight at the expense of Blade Thomson while the final change sees Blair Kinghorn replacing Darcy Graham at right wing. The bench sees Sean Maitland and Duncan Taylor included along with Jamie Bhatti and Zander Fagerson,

"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," said Townsend.

"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."

Scotland starting XV: 15 Stuart Hogg (c), 14 Blair Kinghorn, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Ali Price, 1 Oli Kebble, 2 Fraser Brown, 3 Simon Berghan, 4 Scott Cummings, 5 Jonny Gray, 6 Jamie Ritchie, 7 Hamish Watson, 8 Matt Fagerson.

Reserves: 16 George Turner, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Sam Skinner, 20 Blade Thomson, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Duncan Taylor, 23 Sean Maitland.