France face Scotland this Saturday in Paris and have opted to hand the inexperienced pairing of Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack starts as they go in search of their first win of the Championship following losses to Wales and England.
Dupont who didn’t feature against Wales came on and impressed at Twickenham, his exuberance and vision make him a very exciting prospect for France, with just two starts to his name being thrown into the fiery France cauldron of the Stade de France where the crowd can be harsh on their stars when they are not up to scratch.
Outside Dupont, Ntamack comes into his favoured fly-half position following his debut at centre against Wales.
Ntamack has been in impressive form for French giant, Toulouse as they rumble along both in Europe and France’s domestic competition.
Dupont’s statistics are incredible for a scrum-half, against New Zealand in his first start for his country he managed 91 metres, four clean breaks and beat seven defenders which was more than any other player from either side.
After coming on for France against England last weekend he managed 90 metres, there line breaks which was the best from any player over the weekend and was also the top offloader, the offload a key part of France’s attacking game.
If Dupont can gain quick ball from another giant pack in front go him he could cause havoc with Ntamack linking at fly-half trying to release livewire Damian Penaud, veteran Yoann Huget and Toulouse fullback Thomas Ramos.
Ntamack will also have the luxury of avoiding a contest with Finn Russell with the Racing 92 star ruled out with concussion.
If France can utilise their halfback pairing and attack like they did against Wales in the first half in Paris then Scotland could be in for a shock defeat.
Jacques Brunel will certainly be hoping his two youngsters can be the catalyst for French success.