France v Scotland: Player to watch is Grant Gilchrist

Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist is the man to watch when Scotland take on France in Paris on Saturday

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Grant Gilchrist will make his Scotland debut in Saturday's Six Nations clash with France - and the Edinburgh lock is the man to keep an eye on in Paris as the visitors look to sign off with a win.

The 22-year-old, preferred to Alastair Kellock, has been drafted into Scott Johnson's side to fill in for the injured Richie Gray, who was carried off on a stretcher during last weekend's defeat by Wales.

It is very much a forward-thinking decision by Johnson, who admits that the 31-year-old Kellock is unlikely to feature at the 2015 World Cup.

Stepping onto the Stade de France pitch on Saturday will clearly be a big moment for Gilchrist, who only made his first appearance for Edinburgh back in September 2011.

Gilchrist was called into the Scotland training squad for the first time in the autumn and was on the bench against Tonga - and he will be keen to impress on his first start, especially with places on the recently-confirmed June tour to South Africa up for grabs.

Johnson has continually shown his faith in the less experienced members of his squad in this year's championship - the head coach has handed debuts to Sean Maitland and Duncan Weir before giving Gilchrist his chance. And Gilchrist's debut will be another glimpse into the future.

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