Finn Russell returns from concussion for Scotland Six Nations clash with France

Finn Russell kicks for Scotland against Wales during 2021 Six Nations Finn Russell will start at fly-half for Scotland (Jane Barlow/PA)

Finn Russell returns from concussion for Scotland’s Six Nations trip to France on Friday night.

The livewire fly-half steps in to lead Scotland’s backline, with boss Gregor Townsend’s side shorn of a number of English-based stars.

Ali Price will start at nine, with Chris Harris into the centres, while George Turner starts at hooker.

Scotland were only allowed to select five English-based players due to a deal with Gallagher Premiership bosses as this delayed match now sits outside the Test window.

The likes of Saracens wing Sean Maitland have missed out, but head coach Townsend is determined not to dwell on the absentees.

France will be gunning for the Six Nations title having denied Wales a Grand Slam last weekend, but Scotland could finish second themselves.

“The match against France provides us with an opportunity to finish the Six Nations in our highest position in its history,” said Townsend.

“This is a great opportunity for us to take on France, at home in Paris, as they also look to end the championship on a high.

“Both teams have needed to manage a short six-day turnaround and we have used this week to regroup and focus on putting in our best performance of the competition so far, which we will need to deliver if we are to leave Paris with a victory.

“As a group we have faced several challenges throughout this Six Nations, it has brought us closer together, and I know the players are motivated and looking forward to representing their country again on Friday night.”

Scotland team to play France

Forwards: 1 Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh), 2 George Turner (Glasgow Warriors), 3 Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), 4 Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs), 5 Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), 6 Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh), 7 Hamish Watson (Edinburgh), 8 Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors)

Backs: 9 Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors), 10 Finn Russell (Racing 92), 11 Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh), 12 Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors), 13 Chris Harris (Gloucester), 14 Darcy Graham (Edinburgh), 15 Stuart Hogg (CAPTAIN, Exeter Chiefs)

Replacements: 16 David Cherry (Edinburgh), 17 Oli Kebble (Glasgow Warriors), 18 Simon Berghan (Edinburgh), 19 Alex Craig (Gloucester), 20 Nick Haining (Edinburgh), 21 Scott Steele (Harlequins), 22 Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors), 23 Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors)

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