Six Nations 2015: Saint-Andre names France side for Scotland
Rory Kockott will win his maiden Test start for France in their Six Nations opener
South Africa-born Rory Kockott will win his maiden Test start for France in their Six Nations opener against Scotland on Saturday.
The 28-year-old Castres scrum-half, who came off the bench in all three of Les Bleus‘ November Tests, takes over from the injured Sebastien Tillous-Borde with the 56-times capped Clermont Auvergne man Morgan Parra on the bench.
France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre has named a side which boasts a number of inexperienced internationals first blooded during autumn series, with Clermont outside-half Camille Lopez continuing after an impressive campaign.
Racing Metro’s 21-year-old wing Teddy Thomas returns to the line-up after an impressive debut, in which he scored a hat-trick against Fiji in Marseille and followed that up with a fourth try in his first two apperances against Australia in Paris.
Toulon tank Mathieu Bastareaud comes in at outside centre, in place of the injured Alexandre Dumoulin, to resume his partnership with Clermont’s Wesley Fofana.
Scott Spedding, Kockott’s fellow South African who also made his debut in November, remains at full-back in place of Brice Dulin, who missed the November internationals but has recovered from a recent arm injury.
La Rochelle number eight Loann Goujon could make his senior international debut if he comes off the bench.
Scotland head coach Vern Cotter will name his side on Thursday morning.
France: Scott Spedding (Bayonne); Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon), Wesley Fofana (Clermont Auvergne), Teddy Thomas (Racing Metro); Camille Lopez (Clermont Auvergne), Rory Kockott (Castres); Alexandre Menini (Toulon), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon), Rabah Slimani (Stade Français), Pascal Pape (Stade Français), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, captain), Bernard Le Roux (Racing Metro), Damien Chouly (Clermont).
Replacements: Benjamin Kayser (Clermont Auvergne), Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Eddy Ben Arous (Racing Metro), Romain Taofifenua (Toulon), Loann Goujon (La Rochelle); Morgan Parra (Clermont Auvergne), Remi Tales (Castres), Remi Lamerat (Castres).