Finn Russell Scotland coach Townsend makes wholesale changes for France re-match

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Scotland coach Gregor Townsend retained just one player, full-back Stuart Hogg, in the starting XV for Saturday’s test with France as the side bid to rebound from their 32-3 pasting by the French last weekend.

He brings back France-based duo Finn Russell and Greig Laidlaw, who will team up at half-back for the 32nd time, three shy of the national record of the latter’s uncle Roy Laidlaw and stand-off John Rutherford.

Scrum-half Laidlaw — who plays for Top 14 outfit Clermont — will skipper the side with Stuart McInally, who captained them last Saturday, dropping out of the 23 entirely.

Townsend has also called up experienced wings Sean Maitland and Tommy Seymour to the starting XV.

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