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Taylor ends Scotland exile to face French

14th August 2019, 13:42 by Alex Jack

Saracens' Duncan Taylor has been named in a Scotland starting line-up for the first time in two years as they get set to face France.

The 29-year-old has been plagued by injuries over the last 24 months but has been handed a place in Gregor Townsend's starting XV to face the French in Nice on Saturday.

Centre Rory Hutchinson and lock Scott Cummings will be looking earn their first caps off the bench for Scotland's first summer Test ahead of the World Cup in Japan next month.

Townsend has been pleased with the team's training camp and feels his players are ready for their first run-out this weekend.

"As a coaching group we're pleased to be able to take a strong squad across to France for this opening Test," Townsend told Scottish Rugby.

"We've enjoyed seeing the players working hard and becoming closer as a team in our camp. We've been impressed by the quality of play they've delivered in training but fundamentally it's been about preparing to play."

Scotland XV: S Hogg, D Graham, H Jones, D Taylor, B McGuigan; A Hastings, A Price; J Bhatti, S McInally, S Berghan, B Toolis, G Gilchrist, J Barclay, J Ritchie, J Strauss.

Replacements: G Turner, G Reid, Z Fagerson, S Cummings, M Fagerson, G Horne, R Hutchinson, B Kinghorn.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

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