Following a 6-year absence, Lionel Beauxis will start for France against Scotland

The out-half has not won an international cap since 2012.

An unexpected recall for the Lyon out-half.
An unexpected recall for the Lyon out-half.
Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO

OUT-HALF LIONEL Beauxis will make his first start for France in six years when they face Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday [KO 3pm, live on TV3].

With both sides losing their opening game of this year’s Six Nations, the fixture is a must-win and the in-form Lyon number 10 gets the nod following an injury suffered by Matthieu Jailbert last weekend and the continuing absence of Camille Lopez.

Beauxis last played for France against Wales in March 2012 and is one of three changes to the side which lost to Ireland in dramatic circumstances last weekend.

Marco Tauleigne comes into the back-row for Kevin Gourdon, who suffered an ankle injury, while Henry Chavancy will not be risked at inside centre following a knock to the cheek; Geoffrey Doumayrou takes his place.

Anthony Belleau keeps his place among the replacements as out-half cover but there are two new faces on the bench with Eddy Ben Arous and Louis Picamoles returning to the squad.

France team to play Scotland

15. Geoffrey Palis
14. Teddy Thomas
13. Remi Lamerat
12. Geoffrey Doumayrou
11. Virimi Vakatawa
10. Lionel Beauxis
9. Maxime Machenaud

1. Jefferson Poirot
2. Guilhem Guirado (captain)
3. Rabah Slimani
4. Arthur Iturria
5. Sébastien Vahaamahina
6. Wenceslas Lauret
7. Yacouba Camara
8. Marco Tauleigne

16. Adrien Pélissié
17. Eddy Ben Arous
18. Cedate Gomes Sa
19. Paul Gabrillagues
20. Louis Picamoles
21. Baptiste Serin
22. Anthony Belleau
23. Benjamin Fall

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