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Change Galore for Scotland and France 6 nations clash

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Two teams that are trying to gatecrash the party of England and Wales at the top – France and Scotland, will square off in the weekend trying to see who can move up the table.

 

The Scots have made a trio of changes but the most notable is the recall of Henry Pyrgos. The 26-year-old is in line to make his first RBS 6 Nations appearance of this year’s Championships after four months on the sidelines because of a wrist surgery.

He would be joining Glasgow Warriors team-mates Alex Dunbar and Fraser Brown in the list of recalled players as Scotland will look to record what could potentially be just a second win over Les Bleus since the turn of the millennium.

Pyrgos has scored four tries in 17 internationals but has made only one appearance in the RBS World Cup. He was primarily covering up for the skipper Greig Laidlaw in the remaining four games, watching the action from the substitutes’ bench.

Head coach Gregor Townsend has watched him play for Glasgow in their 27-20 victory over Cardiff Blues and was suitably impressed. Townsend thinks that the scrum-half has done enough to warrant a recall.

"I thought Henry Pyrgos was outstanding," said Townsend. "To be out of the game for four months and really add tempo to our game, make the right decisions of where to attack and the players followed him and we got a couple of cracking tries in there."

France have made a couple of changes too as Clermont teammates Wesley Fofana and Scott Spedding have been called into the squad. Fofana, the burly centre, missed the start of the Championship with a rib injury but has made a return this weekend in the Top 14.

Guy Noves is struggling with a lot of injuries in the squad and was training with just 30 players for of the clash against Wales in the last round. Jean-Marc Doussain has dropped out of the squad and is currently back at his club Toulouse.

France will be eager to get back to winning ways having succumbed to their first loss of the campaign against Wales in Cardiff in the last round. They have a wonderful record against Scotland with their last loss coming in 2006.

Scotland have ended a run of nine straight Championship losses with a win over Italy in the last round. Can they pull one over France?

 

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