Trinh-Duc picked at fly-half as part of six France changes


Francois Trinh-Duc is set for his first Six Nations start since 2013 as France aim to keep their hopes of winning the title alive against Scotland.

France visit Murrayfield on Sunday having suffered their first defeat of the competition last time out, losing 19-10 to Wales.

Defeat at Murrayfield would end any chance of France regaining the trophy they last lifted in 2010 after completing the Grand Slam.

And Noves has made six changes ahead of this weekend's meeting, with Montpellier fly-half Trinh-Duc handed a spot in the starting XV ahead of Jules Plisson, who drops to the bench.

Wesley Fofana takes Djibril Camara's place on the wing and Scott Spedding is in at full-back for Maxime Medard.

Gael Fickou takes Jonathan Danty's spot in the centres and, in the forwards, lock Yoann Maestri and flanker Yacouba Camara replace Paul Jedrasiak and Antoine Burban respectively.

France have not lost to Scotland since February 2006.


France team to face Scotland: Scott Spedding, Wesley Fofana, Maxime Mermoz, Gael Fickou, Virimi Vakatawa, Francois Trinh-Duc, Maxime Machenaud; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado, Rabah Slimani, Alexandre Flanquart, Yoann Maestri, Wenceslas Lauret, Yacouba Camara, Damien Chouly.

Replacements: Camille Chat, Vincent Pelo, Uini Atonio, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Loann Goujon, Sebastien Bezy, Jules Plisson, Maxime Medard.