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Six Nations: Scotland select Rory Darge, Grant Gilchrist to replace injured Luke Crosbie, Richie Gray in team vs France

Flanker and co-captain Rory Darge and lock Grant Gilchrist come into the Scotland team to face France in Six Nations Round 2 at Murrayfield on Saturday (2.15pm kick-off); Luke Crosbie (shoulder) and Richie Gray (bicep) ruled out of remainder of championship through injuries

Image: Rory Darge has returned to start for Scotland vs France in the Six Nations following a six-week absence due to a knee injury

Scotland have made three changes to their side to face France at Murrayfield in Round 2 of the Six Nations on Saturday, as co-captain Rory Darge and lock Grant Gilchrist return. 

Darge replaces Luke Crosbie in the back-row, returning from a six-week injury lay-off due to a knee injury, while Gilchrist comes in for Richie Gray after finishing a suspension.

Crosbie (shoulder) and Gray (bicep) picked up injuries in Scotland's 27-26 victory over Wales in Round 1, and both have been ruled out of the remainder of the championship.

One final change sees back-row Jamie Ritchie dropped from the squad, with Jack Dempsey coming in to start at No 8 and Matt Fagerson shifted to blindside flanker. Andy Christie comes onto the bench as back-row cover.

Scotland's victory last week was their first in Cardiff for some 22 years, but saw them race out to a 27-0 lead before only just hanging on to win by a point, almost suffering a a record comeback defeat.

Image: Second-row Grant Gilchrist comes in for his first appearance since the Rugby World Cup

With full-back Blair Kinghorn (knee) still absent, Kyle Rowe begins in the No 15 jersey again, with wings Kyle Steyn and Duhan van der Merwe completing the back-three.

Huw Jones and Sione Tuipulotu combine in midfield once more, while fly-half Finn Russell - Scotland's other co-captain - starts alongside scrum-half Ben White.

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Into the forwards, Pierre Schoeman, George Turner and Zander Fagerson form an unchanged front-row, while Scott Cummings partners Gilchrist in the second-row.

Blindside Fagerson and No 8 Dempsey start in a back-row unit with openside flanker Darge.

Scotland: 15 Kyle Rowe, 14 Kyle Steyn, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Sione Tuipulotu, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Finn Russell (co-captain), 9 Ben White; 1 Pierre Schoeman, 2 George Turner, 3 Zander Fagerson, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 5 Scott Cummings, 6 Matt Fagerson, 7 Rory Darge (co-captain), 8 Jack Dempsey.

Replacements: 16 Ewan Ashman, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Elliot Millar-Mills, 19 Sam Skinner, 20 Andy Christie, 21 George Horne, 22 Ben Healy, 23 Cameron Redpath.

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Image: Darge was named co-captain of Scotland this year, with fly-half Finn Russell the other co-captain

France head coach Fabien Galthie has made two changes to the side humbled by Ireland last week for their trip to Edinburgh.

Les Bleus suffered a 38-17 defeat to Ireland in Marseille last Friday but Galthie has kept faith with most of the team.

Wing Louis Bielle-Biarrey, who came on against Ireland, replaces Yoram Moefana who drops to the bench, while Paul Willemse's suspension brings lock Cameron Woki into the starting team.

France: 15 Thomas Ramos, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Gael Fickou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Louis Bielle Biarrey, 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Maxime Lucu; 1 Cyril Baille, 2 Peato Mauvaka, 3 Uini Atonio, 4 Cameron Woki, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 6 Francois Cros, 7 Charles Ollivon, 8 Gregory Alldritt (c).

Replacements: 16 Julien Marchand, 17 Sebastien Taofifenua, 18 Dorian Aldegheri, 19 Posolo Tuilagi, 20 Alexandre Roumat, 21 Paul Boudehent, 22 Nolann Le Garrec, 23 Yoram Moefana.

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