Scotland have today announced their full squad which will face France in their RBS 6 Nations 2010 opening match this weekend.
The game will take place at Murrayfield on Sunday 7th February 2010, and will kick-off at 3pm.
Below is the official release from the Scotland team announcing their squad to face France – the early favourites for the tournament – on Sunday:
Scotland have made six changes in personnel from November’s Test against Argentina for their opening RBS 6 Nations Championship match against France at Murrayfield on Sunday.
Introduced to the starting team are Chris Paterson, who will be winning his 99th cap at full-back; the Glasgow centre pairing Max Evans and Graeme Morrison; Gloucester loose-head prop Alasdair Dickinson; and the Glasgow flankers Kelly Brown and John Barclay.
Of those players omitted Rory Lamont and Alasdair Strokosch were discounted through injury, while Alex Grove, Allan Jacobsen and Alan MacDonald remain in the 22. Only Ben Cairns has missed out entirely.
The uncapped 20-year-old Glasgow lock, Richie Gray, wins a place on the bench after a string of committed displays during the last two months.
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson said: “There has been improved competition for places since the Autumn Tests and selection has been based both on achievements within the autumn matches and on current form.
“France have a fantastic squad. The fact they defeated New Zealand in Dunedin last June illustrates that they can win and win well away from home.
“We are excited about the start of the Championship but we know that we have not won our first game in the competition since 2006, so all our focus is on making a winning start against France on Sunday.”
Scotland team (sponsor Murray) to play France in the RBS 6 Nations Championship at Murrayfield on Sunday 7 February (kick-off 3pm)
15 Chris Paterson (Edinburgh) 98 caps, 741 points through 22 tries, 150 penalties, 86 conversions, 3 drop goals
14 Thom Evans (Glasgow Warriors) 8 caps, 5 points through 1 try
13 Max Evans (Glasgow Warriors) 6 caps, 5 points through 1 try
12 Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors) 18 caps, 15 points through 3 tries
11 Sean Lamont (Scarlets) 40 caps, 35 points through 7 tries
10 Phil Godman (Edinburgh) 20 caps, 71 points through 1 try, 12 conversions, 14 penalties
9 Chris Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors) CAPTAIN 47 caps, 15 points through 3 tries
1 Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester) 13 caps
2 Ross Ford (Edinburgh) 33 caps, 10 points through 2 tries
3 Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors) 5 caps
4 Nathan Hines (Leinster) 61 caps, 10 points through 2 tries
5 Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors) 20 caps
6 Kelly Brown (Glasgow Warriors) 30 caps, 15 points through 3 tries
8 Johnnie Beattie (Glasgow Warriors) 7 caps, 10 points through 2 tries
7 John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors) 13 caps, 5 points through 1 try
16 Scott Lawson (Gloucester) 16 caps, 10 points through 2 tries
17 Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh) 40 caps
18 Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors) uncapped
19 Alan MacDonald (Edinburgh) 1 cap
20 Rory Lawson (Gloucester) 17 caps
21 Alex Grove (Worcester Warriors) 3 caps
22 Hugo Southwell (Stade Francais) 48 caps, 40 points through 8 tries
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales). Touch-judges: Chris White (England) and Tim Hayes (Wales). Television match official: Geoff Hughes (England)
RBS 6 NATIONS – SCOTLAND V FRANCE
About 6,000 tickets remain to see Scotland take on France in the RBS 6 Nations Championship on Sunday 7 February at Murrayfield, kick-off 3pm. However, tickets are selling fast.