Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has taken a punt on uncapped Glasgow Warriors duo Richie Gray and Ruaridh Jackson in his 30-strong RBS 6 Nations squad.
Jackson, 21, only returned to competitive action against Newport Gwent Dragons last Friday having being sidelined with a dislocated shoulder since the opening game of the season.
Gray’s rise to the top has also been swift with the 20-year-old only making his Scotland A debut against Tonga just two months ago.
Robinson’s first 6 Nations squad also sees the return of prop Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), lock Jim Hamilton (Edinburgh) and stand-off Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors) who all missed the autumn Tests.
And the Scotland coach was delighted to welcome new - as well as some familiar - faces into the squad.
“Richie Gray has worked hard to win a place in the squad and has applied himself consistently when playing for Glasgow,” said Robinson. “And we were also pleased to see Ruaridh back in action there.
“Dan (Parks) has been playing well and it’s an asset for us to have someone of his ability in the squad.”
The 30-strong squad who have got the nod for the France and Wales clashes – on February 7 and 13 respectively - will link up for a four-day training camp on Monday.
Toulon full-back Rory Lamont may also be in the reckoning for the France game if he comes through the French club’s game with Montpellier on January 27.
Scotland squad for the RBS 6 Nations Championship matches against France and Wales:
Forwards: John Barclay, Johnnie Beattie, Kelly Brown (all Glasgow Warriors), Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Richie Gray, Dougie Hall (both Glasgow Warriors), Jim Hamilton (Edinburgh), Nathan Hines (Leinster), Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh), Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Lawson (Gloucester), Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors), Alan MacDonald (Edinburgh), Euan Murray (Northampton Saints), Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester)
Backs: Chris Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors), Simon Danielli (Ulster), Nick De Luca (Edinburgh), Max Evans, Thom Evans (Glasgow Warriors), Phil Godman (Edinburgh), Alex Grove (Worcester), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Lamont (Scarlets), Rory Lawson (Gloucester), Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), Chris Paterson (Edinburgh), Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors) and Hugo Southwell (Stade Francais).