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Townsend targets Scots turnaround

21st August 2019, 12:23 by Jack Ogalbe

Gregor Townsend says he expects his Scotland players to show a "much truer picture of themselves" against France on Saturday.

The Scots have had a mixed 2019 to date, finishing sixth in the Six Nations while opening their World Cup warm-up campaign with a crushing 32-3 defeat to Les Bleus in Nice.

After last weekend's debacle, Townsend has made 14 changes for the return match at Murrayfield, with only full-back Stuart Hogg keeping his place.

First choice half-back pairing Greig Laidlaw and Finn Russell will guide the team around the field, while Auckland-born back-rower Blade Thomson makes his debut at number eight.

Townsend is undoubtedly looking for a response in Edinburgh and is confident his troops can step things up as they look to set the tone for Japan 2019.

He said: "Our first outing of the season was a disappointment and not reflective of the hard work our players have put in over the past two months.

"France are a very dangerous side if you give them space and quick ball to play, which is what we allowed to happen on too many occasions last week. Our focus all week has been to remedy this and also create much more from our attacking game.

"It was a stark reminder of how tough things can be at international level if our standards slip.

""We expect our players to show a much truer picture of themselves this Saturday."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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