Six Nations: Scotland skipper Kelly Brown returns to face France on Saturday

Last Updated: 05/03/14 8:09am

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Scotland skipper Kelly Brown; back to face the French

Scotland skipper Kelly Brown; back to face the French

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Scotland head coach Scott Johnson has recalled skipper Kelly Brown to his side for Saturday's Six Nations clash against France at Murrayfield.

Brown was dropped after the opening loss against Ireland and did not feature in either the 20-0 home defeat by England or the 21-20 victory over Italy last month.

The flanker has been given the nod ahead of Chris Fusaro, while tight-head Geoff Cross will be on from the start following his fine display off the bench in the victory in Rome.

"I think Saturday is a game that will really suit Kelly. Unlike other sides in the competition, France play above the ground a bit and there will be a lot of mauling."
Scott Johnson

Ryan Wilson has been struggling all week with a bout of tonsillitis and his place in the back row goes to giant Edinburgh No 8 David Denton, who wins his 21st cap.

Johnson retains the back division which started in Rome while 58-times capped prop Euan Murray returns to the bench after missing the first three games of the Championship due to injury.

"I think Saturday is a game that will really suit Kelly. Unlike other sides in the competition, France play above the ground a bit and there will be a lot of mauling," Johnson told the SRU's official website.

"I think the pitch suits Kelly too and I've picked a side that can win the game and that's most important."

"The other back-row change is slightly enforced as Ryan Wilson has not been well at the start of this week with a tonsillitis bug and it was important we were not hampered in our training so Dents (David Denton) comes straight in.

"Geoff did really well when he came on against Italy and it's right that he should start this week."

Scotland team: S Hogg (Glasgow Warriors); T Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), A Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), M Scott (Edinburgh Rugby), S Lamont (Glasgow Warriors), D Weir (Glasgow Warriors), G Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby); R Grant (Glasgow Warriors), S Lawson (Newcastle Falcons), G Cross (Edinburgh Rugby), R Gray (Castres), J Hamilton (Montpellier), J Beattie (Montpellier), K Brown (Saracens), D Denton (Edinburgh Rugby)
Replacements: R Ford (Edinburgh Rugby), A Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby), E Murray (Worcester Warriors), T Swinson (Glasgow Warriors), R Wilson (Glasgow Warriors), C Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors), D Taylor (Saracens), M Evans (Castres)

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