France head for Murrayfield on Sunday with both sides eager to recover from a disappointing start to the Six Nations. The French thought they had the game won against Ireland last Saturday night, but a late Johnny Sexton drop-goal completely changed the complexion of their trip to Edinburgh.
Jacques Brunel has named his team for the Scotland showdown, and one name sticks out.
32-year-old Lionel Beauxis makes his first appearance for Les Bleus in six years, coming in for the injured Mathieu Jalibert. Beauxis, who boasts 20 caps and 125 international points to his name, has leapfrogged Anthony Belleau in the pecking order, and starts at 10.
Beauxis is one of three changes to the side, with Geoffrey Doumayrou and Marco Tauleigne coming in at first centre and number eight respectively.
France team to face Scotland:
Geoffrey Palis, Teddy Thomas, Remi Lamerat, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Virimi Vakatawa, Lionel Beauxis, Maxime Machenaud; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado, Rabah Slimani, Arthur Iturria, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Wenceslas Lauret, Yacouba Camara, Marco Tauleigne.
Adrien Pelissie, Eddy Ben Arous, Cedate Gomes Sa, Paul Gabrillagues, Louis PIcamoles, Baptiste Serin, Anthony Belleau, Benjamin Fall.
🔴 Dimanche, direction 🏴 Édimbourg ! Découvrez la composition de l'équipe choisie par Jacques Brunel et son staff pour affronter l'Écosse dimanche à 16h pour la 2e journée du tournoi des @SixNationsRugby ! #soutiensleXV #PrêtsAuCombat #ECOFRA pic.twitter.com/5vwGhJ8cDW
— France Rugby (@FranceRugby) February 9, 2018
France will take positives from their display at home to Ireland, as they attempt to get their campaign back on track.