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France will try to bounce back after defeat to Wales.Reuters

Scotland host France in the 2014 Six Nations at Murrayfield.

Where to Watch Live:

Scotland v France is live on BBC One and BBC One HD from 5:00pm (GMT) on Saturday 8 March. Live commentary is on BBC Radio 5 Live.


After entering the series as favourites for the championship, Philippe Saint-Andre has read the riot on his players, making seven changes after their defeat to Wales two weeks ago. The France coach was left fuming as his "cry-babies" wilted in the Welsh scrum, and the coach has made his criticism known in damming fashion.

The French will now start with Sebastien Vahaamahina, Alexandre Lapandry and Damian Chouly in the wake of their defeat at the Millennium stadium, while Brice Mach comes in for the injured Dimitri Szarzewski. Toulon centre Maxime Mermoz replaces the injured Wesley Fofana, while Maxime Medard and Maxime Machenaud also start.

Andre's decision to drop number eight Louis Picamoles for disrespecting referee Alain Rolland in that defeat to Wales speaks volumes of his attitude towards dissent, but it marks a sizeable risk given his contribution of three tries in eight games.

Scotland's win over Italy last time out will have stirred some renewed optimism as they look to inflict defeat on Les Blues for the first time in the Six Nations, with the returning Kelly Brown eager prove a point after being dropped earlier in the competition.

What the Coaches Say:

Scott Johnson: "I think Saturday is a game that will really suit Kelly.

"Unlike other sides in the competition, France play above the ground a bit and there will be a lot of mauling. I've picked a side that can win the game."

"The back-row change is slightly enforced as Ryan Wilson has not been well at the start of this week with a tonsillitis bug and it was important we were not hampered in our training, so Dents comes straight in.

"Geoff did really well when he came on against Italy and it's right that he should start this week."

Philippe Saint-Andre: "After losing to Wales, we've made some changes because of injuries and because of gaps in our performance in Cardiff – but also because of some of the attitudes among the group that have nothing to do with our sport.

"It is important to send a signal to every player that wearing the French jersey imposes duties and obligations. These players have to be aware of the demands on them and the commitment they have to make if they are to achieve anything and make progress together."


Scotland: 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-Richie Gray, 5-Jim Hamilton, 6-Johnnie Beattie, 7-Kelly Brown (captain), 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


15-Brice Dulin, 14-Yoann Huget, 13-Mathieu Bastareaud, 12-Maxime Mermoz, 11-Maxime Medard, 10-Jules Plisson, 9-Maxime Machenaud; 1-Thomas Domingo, 2-Brice Mach, 3-Nicolas Mas, 4-Pascal Pape (captain), 5-Yoann Maestri, 6-Sebastien Vahaamahina, 7-Alexandre Lapandry, 8-Damien Chouly

Replacements:16-Guilhem Guirado, 17-Vincent Debaty, 18-Rabah Slimani, 19-Alexandre Flanquart, 20-Antonie Claassen, 21-Jean-Marc Doussain, 22-Remi Tales, 23-Gael Fickou