Six Nations 2019: Scotland pick Peter Horne at 10, Nick Grigg at centre v France

Peter Horne came off the bench in Scotland’s 2nd-spherical defeat by Eire at Murrayfield
Six Nations Championship: France v Scotland
Venue: Stade de France Date: Saturday, 23 February Kick-off:14:15 GMT
Coverage: Dwell on BBC One, BBC Radio Scotland & BBC Sport internet pages

Peter Horne replaces the injured Finn Russell at fly-half as Scotland function for their first rating in France since 1999 in Saturday’s Six Nations bump into.

Russell sustained concussion on club accountability, one of four more avid gamers to trust joined a prolonged casualty checklist.

Blair Kinghorn begins at chubby-benefit with Stuart Hogg furthermore sidelined.

Gash Grigg wins his seventh cap at centre reasonably than injured Huw Jones, whereas Magnus Bradbury begins at blind-aspect flanker with Ryan Wilson furthermore out.

Bradbury, who will play his first Six Nations match on most productive his fourth Test start up and fifth cap, made a successful, man-of-the-match return from ruin for Edinburgh of their victory over Dragons final Friday.

“That was once above our expectations that he lasted see you later but furthermore had sizable impacts in the foremost half and the 2nd half,” defined head coach Gregor Townsend. “His work in the kick-plug and defence was once ideal. He’s straight into the team and we are watching for a a similar efficiency from him.”

As neatly as the four enforced changes to the starting line-up, there are four further alterations among the replacements.

Tight-head prop Zander Fagerson, who made his return from a broken ankle in Glasgow’s rating over Cardiff Blues, takes over from club-mate D’arcy Rae, with Alex Allan changing fellow Warriors prop Jamie Bhatti as loose-head veil.

Newcastle flanker Gary Graham takes over from Secure Harley, and Glasgow fly-half Adam Hastings and Edinburgh soar Darcy Graham furthermore be half of the bench with Horne and Kinghorn promoted to the starting XV.

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Horne, predominantly an inside centre, has gained lawful eight of his 39 caps at fly-half, six of which came as a change.

Whereas the 29-year-mature is a conventional in the number 10 jersey for Warriors, scoring 18 aspects in Saturday’s rating over the Blues, he has not played there for his nation since November 2017.

“He has played at 10 for Scotland earlier than and has coated each and each 10 and 12 and played in the Six Nations in sizable video games, so as that was once a wide issue,” said Townsend. “Adam (Hastings) would had been in a wiser online page for chance if he had played more rugby over the final month.”

Grigg, 26, will start up his 2nd Six Nations match – his first coming against Italy in Rome final March – after getting the nod at out of doorways centre earlier than Chris Harris.

Townsend said switching Sam Johnson from inside to out of doorways centre was once furthermore an “out of doorways option”, but “we thought that was once too powerful of a alternate for any individual who has most productive played two Test suits”.

The reality Grigg has “played hundreds of rugby with Sam Johnson” weighed in his favour, Townsend added. “They played at Stirling County collectively after they first came around to Scotland and trust played a vary of instances at Glasgow.”

France ‘will without a doubt be fired up’

France trust misplaced 10 of 13 Exams since Jacques Brunel was once appointed head coach in December 2017, and are coming off the advantage of a file Six Nations defeat by England at Twickenham.

Nonetheless Townsend, section of the final Scotland aspect to rating in Paris two decades ago, is wary of “an awfully unhealthy opponent, combining energy, ambition and talent”.

“Their person talent is prominent and, after they gain issues sparkling – which has predominantly been in the Six Nations at dwelling – they’ve played with a precise collective spirit and fed off the emotion of the crowd,” he added.

“They’ll without a doubt be fired up following their loss at Twickenham.”

Scotland: Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Gash Grigg (Glasgow Warriors), Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Maitland (Saracens), Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne – captain); Allan Dell (Edinburgh), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh – vice-captain), Simon Berghan (Edinburgh), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh), Josh Strauss (Sale Sharks).

Replacements: Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Alex Allan (Glasgow Warriors), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh), Gary Graham (Newcastle), Ali Mark (Glasgow Warriors), Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors), Darcy Graham (Edinburgh).

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