Scots tweak team for France Six Nations clash

3rd February 2005, Comments 0 comments

EDINBURGH, Feb 3 (AFP) - Scotland have made seven changes, including two positional switches, for their opening match of the 2005 Six Nations to reigning champions France in Paris on Saturday.

EDINBURGH, Feb 3 (AFP) - Scotland have made seven changes, including two positional switches, for their opening match of the 2005 Six Nations to reigning champions France in Paris on Saturday.

The team announced here Thursday by Scotland's Australian coach Matt Williams for the Stade de France clash saw Hugo Southwell moving from full-back to inside centre and Chris Paterson returning to the No 15 shirt.

Other changes made following November's 45-10 home defeat against South Africa at Murayfield include a recall for centre Andy Craig, back in the side for the first time since Scotland's 2003 World Cup pool defeat by France, while fit-again Simon Danielli was restored to the right wing.

A new look pack saw the return from injury of prop Tom Smith and lock Scott Murry with Jon Petrie starting at openside flanker in the back-row alongside Allister Hogg.

Last season Scotland finished bottom of the Six Nations after losing all five of their matches and in 2004 as a whole they won just two out of 12 internationals.

Scotland (15-1) Chris Paterson (Edinburgh); Simon Danielli (The Borders), Andy Craig (Glasgow), Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh), Sean Lamont (Glasgow); Dan Parks (Glasgow), Chris Cusiter (The Borders); Allister Hogg (Edinburgh), Jon Petrie (Glasgow), Jason White (Sale/ENG); Scott Murray (Edinburgh), Stuart Grimes (Newcastle/ENG); Gavin Kerr (Leeds/ENG), Gordon Bulloch (Glasgow, capt), Tom Smith (Northampton/ENG) Replacements: Robbie Russell (London Irish/ENG), Bruce Douglas (The Borders), Nathan Hines (Edinburgh), Jon Dunbar (Leeds/ENG), Mike Blair (Edinburgh), Gordon Ross (Leeds/ENG), Ben Hinshelwood (Worcester/ENG).

© AFP

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