Scotland have been forced into a late change for their RBS Six Nations trip to Paris to take on France with Ryan Wilson dropping out.
Vern Cotter was due to name the same team that defeated Ireland 27-22 last Saturday for the Sunday date with the French at the Stade de France, but an elbow injury to Wilson has dictated a reshuffle.
John Barclay, a key man in the final minutes against the Irish after coming on as a replacement, will play from the start at No 6 while John Hardie, originally named to play for Edinburgh against Ulster in Belfast tonight, has been called up for bench duty.
Those are the only changes to Cotter’s team as he decided to leave the front row alone despite the unit coming under pressure against the Irish last week.
Some thought Cotter might restore Ross Fod to the starting line-up or bring in Glasgow prop Gordon Reid, but he is sticking with the trio of Allan Dell, Fraser Brown and Zander Fagerson.
Full-back Stuart Hogg, who scored two tries against the Irish, will win his 50th cap against the French at the relatively young age of 24.
Team: Stuart Hogg; Sean Maitland, Huw Jones, Alex Dunbar, Tommy Seymour; Finn Russell, Grieg Laidlaw (capt); Allan Dell, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson; Richie Gray, Jonny Gray; John Barclay, Hamish Watson, Josh Strauss.
Replacements: Ross Ford, Gordon Reid, Simon Berghan, Tim Swinson, John Hardie, Ali Price, Duncan Weir, Mark Bennett.