Russell returns for crunch France clash

The inclusion of Finn Russell at flyhalf is one of five changes to the Scotland lineup for the Six Nations decider against France in Paris on Friday.

Russell sat out this past weekend’s win over Italy entirely, with captain Stuart Hogg starting at flyhalf against Italy. However, Russell has been included in the starting lineup for this weekend, causing Hogg to shift to fullback.

In the other two changes to the backline, Chris Harris rotates with Huw Jones at outside centre, while Ali Price starts at scrumhalf after being named on the bench against Italy.

There is one change to the pack as George Turner comes in for David Cherry at hooker.

Scotland – 15 Stuart Hogg (c), 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Sam Skinner, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Rory Sutherland.
Subs: 16 David Cherry, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Alex Craig, 20 Nick Haining, 21 Scott Steele, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Huw Jones.

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