Shock call-up for Lionel Beauxis as France make changes
France head coach Jacques Brunel has caused a stir by recalling Lionel Beauxis for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Scotland -- six years after his last international cap.
Brunel's men prepare for Murrayfield without the services of teenage fly-half Matthieu Jalibert, who was forced out of the 15-13 defeat to Ireland in Paris with a knee injury.
Many expected the man who came on to deputise for the majority of that game, Anthony Belleau, to graduate to a starting role but the Toulon pivot remains on the bench with Lyon's Beauxis preferred.
Beauxis, 32, has 20 caps to his name and having scored 135 points in the Top 14 this term, may take the kicking duties from fellow half-back Maxime Machenaud.
Elsewhere in the French XV, Bordeaux Begles flanker Marco Tauleigne takes the place of La Rochelle's Kevin Gourdon while at centre, Geoffrey Doumayrou of Stade Rochelais is preferred to Henry Chavancy.
France team to face Scotland
Palis, Thomas, Lamerat, Doumayrou, Vakatawa, Beauxis, Machenaud; Poirot, Guirado (captain), Slimani, Iturria, Vahaamahina, Lauret, Camara, Tauleigne.
Replacements: Pelissie, Ben Arous, Gomes Sa, Gabrillagues, PIcamoles, Serin, Belleau, Fall.