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Townsend makes three changes to Scotland for France clash

Fraser Brown will earn his 50th cap at Murrayfield on Sunday.

Townsend makes three changes to Scotland for France clash SNS

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has named his team for the Six nations test against France on Sunday, making three changes from the team that defeated Italy.

Fraser Brown comes into the starting line-up, making his 50th appearance for his country and replacing Stuart McInally.

Edinburgh second row Grant Gilchrist also comes into the side, with club team mate Nick Haining starting at number eight.

France have built a reputation on a trio of wins so far in the championships, with Townsend well aware of the threat they face.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

He added: “Coming back to BT Murrayfield is always a very special feeling and the energy generated from the Scotland supporters means a great deal to everyone associated with the squad.

“Our players are looking forward to revelling in that atmosphere on Sunday.”