France have named a strong side to face Scotland in Murrayfield, as head coach Jacques Brunel targets continuity with the World Cup less than a month away.
Scotland will have to make drastic improvements if they are to avoid another painful lesson when the French make the return trip to Murrayfield on Saturday after their 32-3 loss in Nice.
Les Bleus ran in five tries as Maxime Medard’s double was complimented by scores from debutant Alivereti Raka, Gregor Alldritt and Antoine Dupont – and Brunel has made four changes for the return warm-up match.
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Damian Pinaud and Raka retain their positions on the wing while Gael Fickou and Wesley Fofana remain the combination in the centres, but Thomas Ramos replaces Medard at full-back.
Camille Lopez is again at 10 while Antoine Dupont keeps his place at 9, but there are more changes in the pack.
Charles Ollivon keeps his jersey at 7 but Paul Gabrillagues is replaced by Felix Lambey at lock and Francois Cros is replaced by Arthur Iturria in the blindside flanker position.
Gregory Alldritt stays at No 8 but in the front row, Guilhem Guirado is back at hooker in place of Camille Chat, with props Jefferson Poirot and Rabah Slimani starting once more.
Toulouse prop Cyril Baille and Toulon lock Romain Taofifenua are two new faces on the bench while Yacouba Camara is named as back-row cover.
France have confirmed that Virimi Vakatawa has been called up in place of Geoffrey Doumayrou, who was ruled out of the World Cup last week.
The Racing 92 centre joined up with Les Bleus in Nice on Tuesday after passing the necessary medical tests.