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Scots name squad to face French in Paris

Tommy Seymour
Tommy Seymour: motivated (photo by Terry Murden (DB Media Services)

Seymour motivated by record

After ending their run of opening day losses last weekend, the Scots head across the Channel hoping to break another long-unwanted record.

Sunday’s match in Paris will see Scarlets flanker John Barclay replace Ryan Wilson, who has an elbow infection, in the only change from the side which defeated Ireland 27-22 at Murrayfield last weekend.

It is 18 years since the Scots last tasted victory in Paris when Jim Telfer led the team to a 36-22 triumph in what was the last Five Nations tournament before Italy’s inception the following year.

Tommy Seymour is seeing that record as a motivating factor for Sunday’s clash.

“Ireland used their record against New Zealand as a positive so it’s an exciting possibility for everyone in this squad to go out and do something which hasn’t been done in a long time.

“We’re trying to focus on what we got right in previous meetings. We didn’t concede a try against them in last year’s Six Nations.

“In those previous meetings, they probably were still fighting against the way management wanted them to play, but now they’ve been given this licence to play and they’re confident in what they do.

“We need to be really disciplined and take heart in what we’ve done before in regards to our close losses over there and in how clinical we were against Ireland, apart from that little drop off for 20 minutes.”

The pulsating win over Ireland at BT Murrayfield was just the second opening-day victory in Six Nations history for the Scots.

While Vern Cotter’s squad was understandably elated at the win, 28-year-old Seymour insists minds were quickly focused on the challenge ahead in Paris.

“It’s very easy to become wrapped up with one win, one victory,” said the Glasgow Warriors star.

“Of course you want to enjoy it, and we did on the evening of the game and our day off, but we came back in on Monday and it was a new game week.

“A win against Ireland first up, however good it was, becomes pointless if you don’t back it up; if you don’t go out and try to achieve the same thing again the following week.”

Scotland team: Stuart Hogg; Sean Maitland, Huw Jones, Alex Dunbar, Tommy Seymour; Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (c); Allan Dell, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson, Richie Gray, Jonny Gray, John Barclay, Hamish Watson, Josh Strauss. Replacements: Ross Ford, Gordon Reid, Simon Berghan, Tim Swinson, John Hardie, Ali Price, Duncan Weir, Mark Bennett.

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