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France v Scotland - talking points

Scotland face France in Paris on Sunday in the second round of RBS 6 Nations fixtures.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the talking points ahead of the encounter.


Stuart Hogg will become the youngest Scotland player to reach a half-century of caps when the game kicks off at the Stade de France. The 23-year-old Glasgow full-back already has 14 tries for his country following his double against Ireland last weekend and will aim to further enhance his reputation in Paris.


Scotland have not won in Paris since the end of the last millennium, when Gregor Townsend scored one of their five tries in a 36-22 victory that helped take them to the last Five Nations title. The Scots have not been so competitive since the competition was extended, but an opening win over Ireland has given them a surge of confidence.


Vern Cotter was keen to name the same 23-man squad following last weekend, but an elbow injury to flanker Ryan Wilson denied him the rare luxury. But the New Zealander made only one change to his team, with John Barclay promoted from the bench and John Hardie called up to the squad. Cotter, in his final few months as Scotland head coach, has done all of his experimenting and developing and is now purely focused on immediate results.


France have also made just one change, also in the back row, but it was for tactical reasons. Ball-carrier Loann Goujon has replaced lineout specialist Damien Chouly to leave Cotter in no doubt about the type of test awaiting his side. He has called on his players to force the hosts on to the back foot as much as possible as he anticipates facing a French "juggernaut" intent on running over the top of his side.


From Belfast Telegraph