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France coach Brunel picks new halves pair for Scotland game

PARIS (AP) France coach Jacques Brunel selected a new halves pairing of scrumhalf Antoine Dupont and flyhalf Romain Ntamack on Tuesday for the Six Nations match against Scotland on Saturday.

Although they have never played together at international level, they are club teammates with Toulouse in France's Top 14 league. Brunel dropped scrumhalf Morgan Parra and flyhalf Camille Lopez from the squad.

They played in the 44-8 loss at England two weeks ago and both were critical of the French set up after the game. Brunel said the decision to drop them was not linked to their comments and was taken only for sporting reasons.