6N: Beauxis to start at flyhalf for France against Scotland

Tricky winger Scotland will have to contend with the pace of France’s Teddy Thomas

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend was given a grilling by the Scottish media on Thursday, as they once again sought answers to his side's capitulation against Wales.

"It always helps in decision-making that he (Russell) can speak to someone on the field with that amount of experience", Townsend said of the 59-cap Laidlaw, who joined French club Clermont from Gloucester a year ago. But Scotland failed to live up to the hype and produced a dismal performance in Cardiff.

Horne is one of the six new faces in the starting XV alongside former captain Greig Laidlaw, who returns at scrum-half as Ali Price drops to the replacements' bench, having thrown the pass that allowed Welsh opposite number Gareth Davies to intercept and score the first of four tries inside the Principality Stadium. The hosts received the ball back from a French mistake, however, before Laidlaw recovered to set up Huw Jones for a try.

Les Bleus, who have not won an worldwide test in 329 days, scored two tries through the impressive Teddy Thomas, Maxime Machenaud adding two conversions and two penalties with replacement scrumhalf Baptiste Serin also scoring a couple of penalties. Scotland will be desperate to show the attacking form which was heralded previous year this weekend and know another defeat will be a desperate outcome after coming in with such high hopes.

"There are a few things we've put in place that should make us better this week", he insisted.

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Another French error then gifted Laidlaw one further three-pointer, and Scotland led for the first time in the contest.

Laidlaw could have reduced the arrears after sprinting clear from an attack, but the scrum-half knocked on close to the line.

The difference at the break proved to be two penalties to France scrumhalf Maxine Machenaud - the last of which came with the final play of the half - and enabled the visitors to establish a handy 20-14 lead.

But it was France, who were unlucky last Saturday against Ireland, that started like a bull at the gate at Murrayfield thanks to the tremendous Teddy Thomas.

Italy predictably lost their opener 46-15 at home to England although there were some encouraging signs.

France captain Guilhem Guirado said that Les Bleus will not win a game in the Six Nations if they don't show more discipline after a 32-26 defeat by Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday. However Italy's only win in their last 13 matches came against Fiji in November and it is hard to see where their next win in this competition is going to come. We conceded seven penalties in the second half, five of them in the last 20 minutes.

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