Scotland hooker Fraser Brown will join the fifty club with his half-century of Test caps against France on Sunday.

Edinburgh’s Grant Gilchrist and Nick Haining also come in alongside Exeter Chiefs lock Sam Skinner, who takes his place on the bench after injury. Stuart McInally moves to the bench.

Head Coach Gregor Townsend told Scotland Rugby: “This week we face a France team that looks galvanised since the World Cup, with a potential Grand Slam in their sights following impressive wins over England, Italy and Wales.

“We have a lot of respect for their coaching team and the quality of player they possess throughout their squad, many of them just in their early stages of their international careers. We’re going to have to deliver our best rugby of the championship in order to beat a team in such good form.

“France’s victories have been built on an aggressive and well-organised defence, so the precision, decision-making and effort in our attacking game will have to be very good in order to get in behind them this weekend."

Full team:

15. Stuart Hogg CAPTAIN (Exeter Chiefs) - 75 caps

14. Sean Maitland (Saracens) - 47 caps

13. Chris Harris (Gloucester) - 17 caps

12. Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) - 12 caps

11. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) - 20 caps

10. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) - 19 caps

9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) - 31 caps

1. Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh) - 6 caps

2. Fraser Brown VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) - 49 caps

3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) - 28 caps

4. Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) - 11 caps

5. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) - 41 caps

6. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) - 17 caps

7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) - 31 caps

8. Nick Haining (Edinburgh) - 2 caps


16. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh) - 36 caps

17. Allan Dell (London Irish) - 31 caps

18. Willem Nel (Edinburgh) - 37 caps

19. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) - 6 caps

20. Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh) - 13 caps

21. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) - 12 caps

22. Duncan Weir (Worcester Warriors) - 27 caps

23. Kyle Steyn (Glasgow Warriors) - uncapped