Scotland trio handed Six Nations bow in Paris

02/02/15'SCOTLAND TRAINING'BT MURRAYFIELD STADIUM - EDNIBURGH'Scotland Head Coach Vern Cotter watches over training

02/02/15'SCOTLAND TRAINING'BT MURRAYFIELD STADIUM - EDNIBURGH'Scotland Head Coach Vern Cotter watches over training

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SCOTLAND head coach Vern Cotter has handed three players their Six Nations debuts after naming his team to face France in Saturday’s opener in Paris (5.00pm kick-off).

Glasgow duo Finn Russell (stand-off) and Mark Bennett (centre) plus London Irish back row Blair Cowan will play in the competition for the first time when the line up at the Stade France.

Three Edinburgh players are in the starting XV, Tim Visser on the wing along with front-row duo Alasdair Dickinson and Ross Ford.

Edinburgh’s uncapped scrum half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne is handed a place on the bench, as is team-mate Dougie Fife.

Second-row brothers Richie and Jonny Gray will start their fourth consecutive match together.

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter, said: “Seeing the passion and desire among our players in the build up to the tournament has been special.

“It’ll be a very tough start to the championship, but we’re looking forward to that challenge.”

Scotland:

Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors), Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Tim Visser (Edinburgh Rugby), Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors), Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester, captain), Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby), Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby), Euan Murray (Glasgow Warriors), Richie Gray (Castres), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Cowan (London Irish), Johnnie Beattie (Castres). Substitutes: Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors), Geoff Cross (London Irish), Jim Hamilton (Saracens), Alasdair Strokosch (USA Perpignan), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh Rugby), Peter Horne, Dougie Fife (Edinburgh Rugby).