RWC Warm-up Game Scotland v Italy Teams

Scotland host Italy in a Rugby World Cup warm-up game on Saturday 20 August, at: Murrayfield with kick-off at; 1700 BST and coverage live on BBC Two.

This game is the last chance for players to stake a claim to one of the 30 who will be on the plane to new Zealand in September.

Simon Danielli starts on the left wing, with Nikki Walker on the bench, and it looks like a straight battle between those two for a place in the squad. In the pack, Props Alasdair Dickinson, Moray Low and Euan Murray will also be fighting for a place since it is likely to be a choice of two from three. Back-row stalwarts John Barclay and Kelly Brown return to the starting line-up, having been rested for the 10-6 win over Ireland a fortnight ago. Richie Vernon joins them and will need to turn in a good performance to guarantee his seat on the plane heading down under, although David Denton and Johnnie Beattie are perhaps the likelier men miss the cut.


Scotland: R Lamont (Toulon), M Evans (Castres), N De Luca (Edinburgh), G Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), S Danielli (Ulster), D Parks (Cardiff Blues), M Blair (Edinburgh), A Dickinson (Sale Sharks), S Lawson (Gloucester), M Low (Glasgow Warriors), N Hines (Clermont Ferrand), A Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), K Brown (Saracens), R Vernon (Sale Sharks), J Barclay (Glasgow Warriors)
Replacements: D Hall (Glasgow Warriors), E Murray (Newcastle Falcons), R Gray (Glasgow Warriors), R Rennie (Edinburgh), C Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors), R Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), N Walker (Ospreys)

Italy: Andrea Masi (Aironi); Tommaso Benvenuti (Treviso), Gonzalo Canale (Clermont-Auvergne), Gonzalo Garcia (Treviso), Mirco Bergamasco (Racing-Metro Paris); Luciano Orquera (Aironi), Fabio Semenzato (Treviso); Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais) – capt, Robert Barbieri (Treviso), Paul Derbyshire (Treviso); Cornelius Van Zyl (Treviso), Carlo Antonio Del Fava (Aironi); Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester Tigers), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing-Metro Paris)
Replacements: Tommaso D’Apice (Aironi), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Marco Bortolami (Aironi), Alessandro Zanni (Treviso), Pablo Canavosio (Calvisano), Riccardo Bocchino (Cavalieri Prato), Matteo Pratichetti (Aironi)