Scotland team v Italy in Italy

Scotland coach Andy Robinson has made four changes to the team to meet Italy in the Stadio Flamini on Saturday 27 February Kick-off: 1330 GMT.

Max Evans
Max Evans

Max Evans returns after missing the defeat by Wales, where his brother Thom suffered a serious neck injury. Both Chris Paterson and Rory Lamont were also injured in Cardiff match and are replaced by Hugo Southwell and Simon Danielli. Whilst Allan Jacobsen replaces Alistair Dickinson in the front row.

Hugo Southwell
Hugo Southwell
Simon Danielli
Simon Danielli
Allan Jacobsen
Allan Jacobsen

Forwards Nathan Hines and Alasdair Strokosch, both of whom missed the Wales game through injury, are named among the replacements. along with Centre Nick De Luca.

Robinson said: (quote) To have Nathan Hines and Al Strokosch on the bench, two players who were in the starting team in the autumn, but are coming back from injury and they are going to have to perform well to get back into the starting team. That is where the competition for places is important for us. Our focus now is on delivering a winning performance against Italy.

Team

Scotland: 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).