Bennett back among 2 changes for Scotland vs France
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Highly rated center Mark Bennett will return from injury to make his Six Nations debut for Scotland in its tournament opener against France on Saturday.
The 22-year-old Bennett missed the 37-12 win over Tonga in November with a hamstring problem and is one of two changes from that game, with the other seeing prop Euan Murray replace Geoff Cross.
Backs Sean Lamont, Henry Pyrgos and Matt Scott were not considered because of injury sustained in training.
Scotland looks to be a dangerous outsider in the northern hemisphere tournament, having made great strides under new coach Vern Cotter following his arrival last summer from French club Clermont Auvergne.
The Scots achieved high-scoring wins over Argentina and Tonga in November, while also running New Zealand close at Murrayfield.
Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Mark Bennett, Alex Dunbar, Tim Visser, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (captain); Johnnie Beattie, Blair Cowan, Rob Harley, Jonny Gray, Richie Gray, Euan Murray, Ross Ford, Alasdair Dickinson. Reserves: Fraser Brown, Gordon Reid, Geoff Cross, Jim Hamilton, Alasdair Strokosch, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Peter Horne, Dougie Fife.