Scotland names team to play France

scotlandScott Johnson has recalled Kelly Brown to the Scotland team ahead of their game against France this weekend.

The Saracens flanker captains the side from the openside flank, while David Denton is also recalled to number eight, with Johnnie Beattie switching to the blindside flank to form a mammoth back-row.

The only other change comes in the front row, where Geoff Cross is rewarded for his impressive cameo against Italy with a start on the tighthead; Euan Murray comes onto the bench and Moray Low drops out of the squad altogether.

Scotland team to play France:

15. Stuart Hogg 14. Tommy Seymour 13. Alex Dunbar 12. Matt Scott 11. Sean Lamont 10. Duncan Weir 9. Greig Laidlaw 1. Ryan Grant 2. Scott Lawson 3. Geoff Cross 4. Jim Hamilton 5. Richie Gray 6. Johnnie Beattie 7. Kelly Brown 8. David Denton

Replacements: 16. Ross Ford 17. Alasdair Dickinson 18. Euan Murray 19. Tim Swinson 20. Ryan Wilson 21. Chris Cusiter 22. Duncan Taylor 23. Max Evans

What do you make of the Scotland team? Will they beat France at Murrayfield?

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

9 thoughts on “Scotland names team to play France

  1. Finally a balanced back row! A decent selection at last from 1 – 15. With the players that France are missing through injury and bans I am for once quite hopeful that we can win!

    1. balanced in terms of personnel, but not by what positions they are playing! Beattie is an 8 and Denton is a 6!

  2. Cross’ contribution was rather more than a cameo!

    I’ve unearthed the logic in the otherwise Lievremont-like selection chaos – the future director of Rugby wishes to ensure that he’s got loads of selection options in the back-row, come World Cup time ;)

  3. Hmmmm. not sure on the back row. Brown gets dropped for having a not so great game as a 7 (when he’s not a 7) and then comes back to play 7? Could see them struggling around the tackle/ruck area.

    1. But France don’t have an openside do they?

      Nyanga and Dusautoir are both out, so I am not sure where that leaves them.

  4. Talk about the pack, what about the scrum half? I’m sure Laidlaw is a nice wee chap but he’s slow and delivers dollied little passes that the French will seize on faster than the Italians. He’s not needed as a kicker with Hogg and Weir in the line up, so why doesn’t The Australian start the in form and excellent Cusiter?

    1. The only 6 nations game this year where you could say the Scots have held their own in the scrum was against Italy. I would back Scott Laidlaw over Chris Cusiter any day playing behind a dodgy scrum. Like his uncle Roy, his lack of pace is more than compensated by his speed of thought and going backwards you don’t have near as much time to contemplate your options.

  5. I couldn’t agree more, Cusiter actually makes ground before passing where as Laidlaw looks like a wee rabbit caught in headlights ;-)

  6. Having seen the way we have played in the last two games, the squad for th french game says we want to hit hard and fast, which we need to do in the opening exchanges if we are to break and beat Le Bleu, my only issue, and it does kill me to say it, but lamont is too slow, yes he’s powerful and always gains yards but it’s always a good effort and show, but not alot of end result, centre him or give Max a chance to add pace. As for the Denton and Beatie possioning, I’m jus glad we have them both on the pitch. COME ON SCOTLAND

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