Sunday 17 December 2017

Four changes for Scotland

Andy Robinson
Andy Robinson

Andy Robinson today made four changes to his Scotland side for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations match against Italy.

Three of the changes were enforced by the tournament-ending injuries suffered by back-three stars Chris Paterson, Thom Evans and Rory Lamont in the defeat to Wales just over a week ago.

The trio were replaced by Hugo Southwell, Simon Danielli and Max Evans, with the latter returning at centre as Sean Lamont moved back to the wing.

The other change to the XV that started at the Millennium Stadium saw Allan Jacobsen recalled at prop in place of Alasdair Dickinson.

Forwards Nathan Hines and Alasdair Strokosch, both of whom missed the Wales game through injury, were deemed fit enough for a place on the bench.

Centre Nick De Luca also earned a recall among the replacements. Saturday's game will see Southwell and captain Chris Cusiter earn their 50th caps.

Head coach Robinson, who has seen his side lose their opening two championship matches, said: "Our focus now is on delivering a winning performance against Italy.

"Congratulations to Chris Cusiter and Hugo Southwell, both of whom will be winning their 50th cap."

Scotland team for RBS 6 Nations match against Italy at the Stadio Flamini on Saturday, February 27: H Southwell (Stade Francais); S Danielli (Ulster), M Evans (Glasgow), G Morrison (Glasgow), S Lamont (Scarlets); D Parks (Glasgow), C Cusiter (Glasgow, capt); A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), R Ford (Edinburgh), E Murray (Northampton), J Hamilton (Edinburgh), A Kellock (Glasgow), K Brown (Glasgow), J Barclay (Glasgow), J Beattie (Glasgow).

Replacements: S Lawson (Gloucester), A Dickinson (Gloucester), N Hines (Leinster), A Strokosch (Gloucester), M Blair (Edinburgh), P Godman (Edinburgh), N De Luca (Edinburgh).

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