Maitland at full-back for Scotland

Date published: September 3 2015

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Scotland head coach Vern Cotter welcomed the return of Sean Maitland and Tommy Seymour for this Saturday's Test match against France in Paris.

The pair have been absent from the recent international action with shoulder and back injuries respectively but have recovered to be named among five changes to the side that defeated Italy 48-7 at Murrayfield last weekend.

Centre Matt Scott comes in to start alongside Mark Bennett in the remaining change to the back division, while the inclusion of back-row John Hardie and lock Richie Gray complete the changes to the pack.

"We were pleased with a number of aspects of our performance against Italy but feel we still have a lot of work to get through before we begin the Rugby World Cup," said Cotter.

"France are a very powerful and skilful side so this match will provide another good assessment for this group, and another valuable insight into where we are at as a squad."

Saturday's match against France is the national team's final game before the 31-man squad embarks on its Rugby World Cup campaign in a fortnight's time.

Scotland: 15 Sean Maitland, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 David Denton, 7 John Hardie, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Willem Nel, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson.
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Jon Welsh, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Alasdair Strokosch, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Sean Lamont.

Date: Saturday, September 5
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Kick-off: 21:00 local (19:00 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: JP Doyle (England), Luke Pearce (England)
Television match official: Graham Hughes (England)

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