The 24-year-old, who scored two tries in Scotland’s opening 27-22 victory over Ireland at Murrayfield on Saturday, will shave two years off the record set by Richie Gray when he leads the side out on Sunday.
“It’s a fantastic personal achievement, especially at such a young age, which is a good indication of how talented an individual he is and how important he’s been to Scotland teams over the past five years,” said Cotter.
Scotland have made one enforced change with Scarlets’ John Barclay coming into the back row at the expense of Ryan Wilson of Glasgow, who has an elbow infection. John Hardie, originally scheduled to play for Edinburgh in Ulster last night, has flown to Paris to take Barclay’s place on the bench.
“France in Paris is a monumental challenge,” said Cotter. “They have improved markedly since Guy Noves took charge and will be smarting since their narrow defeat to England at Twickenham last weekend.
Stuart Hogg will become the youngest player to reach 50 caps for Scotland
Vern Cotter praised Hogg's contribution to Wales over the past five years
“We’re their next opportunity to get their campaign up and running and they’ll be intent on throwing every part of their considerable firepower at us. We will need to be at our relentless best once again.”
Noves, who has also made one change with Loann Goujon replacing Damien Chouly at flanker, is wary of the threat posed by the Scots regardless of their abysmal record at the Stade de France.
“Scotland had one or two relatively difficult years at the beginning but today they’re harvesting the fruit that Vern sowed a while ago,” said Noves.
“This is a team built on aggressiveness, speed and physical engagement. They’re not the Scotland team of a few years ago.”
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France: Spedding; Nakaitaci, Lamerat, Fickou, Vakatawa; Lopez, Serin; Baille, Guirado (capt), Atonio, Vahaamahina, Maestri, Goujon, Gourdon, Picamoles. Replacements: Tolofua, Slimanu, Chiocci, Le Devedec, Chouly, Machenaud, Doussain, Huget.
Scotland: Hogg; Maitland, Jones, Dunbar, Seymour; Russell, Laidlaw (capt); Dell, Brown, Fagerson, R Gray, J Gray, Barclay, Watson, Strauss. Replacements: Ford, Reid, Bergham, Swinson, Hardie, Price, Weir, Bennett.
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa).
Kick-off: Sunday, 3pm.