Edinburgh - Scotland coach Vern Cotter has given Six Nations debuts to Mark
Bennett, Finn Russell and Blair Cowan in the team he announced on Thursday
for their 2015 Championship opener away to France in Paris on Saturday.
an encouraging end-of-year-series, Cotter's 1st XV for what will also
be the New Zealander's first Six Nations match as Scotland coach shows
just two changes from the team that beat Tonga 37-12 in November with
the Glasgow pair of outside centre Bennett and tighthead prop Euan
Up front, Jonny and Richie Gray will pack down
alongside each other in the second row for the fourth consecutive Test,
with the side again captained by Gloucester scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw.
The Scotland skipper will have Glasgow flyhalf Russell outside him, with 'kilted Kiwi' Cowan at openside flank.
the passion and desire among our players in the build up to the
tournament has been special," Cotter said in a Scottish Rugby Union
"The players really enjoy the atmosphere of these big
occasions, and the pressure of having to perform for their country, in
front of huge crowds."
Cotter, who previously coached French Top
14 club Clermont, added: "France will be tough. They will be very
difficult to contain so we'll have to stay tight as a unit, work hard
for each other and try to apply some pressure.
"It'll be a very tough start to the championship, but we're looking forward to that challenge."
have won their last eight matches against Scotland but were pushed
close last year before recording a 19-17 victory at Murrayfield.Teams:
15 Scott Spedding, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Teddy Thomas, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Thierry Dusautoir, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Pape, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Alexandre Menini
Substitutes: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Uini Atonio, 18 Eddy Ben Arous, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Loann Goujon, 21 Morgan Parra, 22 Remi Tales, 23 Remi Lamerat
15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Blair Cowan, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson
Substitutes: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Jim Hamilton, 20 Alasdair Strokosch, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Dougie Fife