Guy Novès has made sweeping changes
Guy Novès has made sweeping changes to his side Getty Images

France will be seeking victory at Murrayfield in a bid to reignite their Six Nations hopes, following their disappointing loss to Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Where to watch

Scotland vs France is live on BBC One and BBC Radio Scotland. The match kicks off at 3pm on Sunday (13 March).


The hosts have brought Glasgow number eight Josh Strauss and centre Alex Dunbar into their side to face Guy Novès' team at Murrayfield. Strauss replaces club-mate Ryan Wilson, who was a late replacement for David Denton in their win over Italy.

Elsewhere, Dunbar will take over from fellow Warrior Mark Bennett as Scotland attempt to pull off an against-the-odds victory. Dunbar, 25, missed the World Cup because of serious injury problems and his appearance at the weekend will be his first in a Scotland shirt since last year's Six Nations.

France, meanwhile, will be desperate to secure a win and deliver an eye-catching performance following their uninspiring display against the Welsh. Novès' team have failed to capture the imagination during the tournament, but they know a win against the Scots will keep them firmly in contention for the title.

Les Bleus have made six changes from the team that lost in Cardiff. As part of the reshuffle, François Trinh-Duc gets the nod at fly-half, while Scott Spedding returns at full-back. Allied to this, Wesley Fofana is also back on the wing.

There are changes in the pack, too, with Yoann Maestri back after an impressive display off the bench in Wales, while Yacouba Camara comes in for the injured Antoine Burban.

Vern Cotter
Vern Cotter is seeking to upset the odds against France Getty Images


Scotland: 15. Stuart Hogg, 14. Tommy Seymour, 13. Duncan Taylor, 12. Alex Dunbar, 11. Tim Visser, 10. Finn Russell, 9. Greig Laidlaw, 8. Al Dickinson, 7. Ross Ford, 6. Willem Nel, 5. Richie Gray, 4. Jonny Gray, 3. John Barclay, 2. John Hardie, 1. Josh Strauss

Replacements: 16. Stuart McInally, 17. Rory Sutherland, 18. Moray Low, 19. Tim Swinson, 20. Ryan Wilson, 21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22. Peter Horne, 23. Sean Lamont

France: 15. S Spedding, 14. W Fofana, 13. M Mermoz, 12. G Fickou, 11. V Vakatawa, 10. F Trinh-Duc, 9. M Machenaud, 8. J Poirot, 7. G Guirado, 6. R Slimani, 5. Y Maestri, 4. A Flanquart, 3. W Lauret, 2. Y Camara, 1. D Chouly

Replacements: 16. C Chat , 17. V Pelo, 18. U Atonio, 19. S Vahaamahina, 20. L Goujon, 21. S Bezy, 22. J Plisson, 23. M Medard

What the coaches say

Vern Cotter: "We're expecting the French to be physical. They have a culture of trying to dominate their opposition. They are confrontational and will try to keep the ball alive, so we will have to put in a great defensive performance."

Guy Novès: "They are taking on a certain dimension and that is down to Vern. He gives them confidence despite some of the results. You can see a team which is evolving and progressing, so that again could be an example for our own rugby."