Hogg to hit 50 for Scotland in Paris, Barclay replaces Wilson

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Stuart Hogg is poised to become the youngest player to make 50 appearances for Scotland when Vern Cotter's men face France in the Six Nations on Sunday.

The livewire full-back has been named in a side showing just one change from last weekend's impressive opening-round victory over Ireland, John Barclay replacing Ryan Wilson (elbow infection) in the back row.

Hogg, the scorer of two tries against Ireland, will be 24 years and 233 days old when he takes to the field at the Stade de France, meaning he is set to comfortably beat the record set by Richie Gray, who was 26 when he earned his 50th Scotland cap during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

"It's a fantastic personal achievement, especially at such a young age, which is a good indication of how talented an individual he is and how important he's been to Scotland teams over the past five years," head coach Cotter said of Hogg.

Scotland pulled off the standout performance of last weekend in beating Ireland, but Cotter knows his team are in for a tough test against a France side that came close to beating England at Twickenham.

"France in Paris is a monumental challenge," he added. "They have improved markedly since Guy Noves took charge and will be smarting since their narrow defeat to England at Twickenham last weekend."

 

Scotland starting XV: Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Huw Jones, Alex Dunbar, Tommy Seymour, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (captain); Allan Dell, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson, Richie Gray, Jonny Gray, John Barclay, Hamish Watson, Josh Strauss.

Replacements: Ross Ford, Gordon Reid, Simon Berghan, Tim Swinson, John Hardie, Ali Price, Duncan Weir, Mark Bennett.