Italy team to play Scotland


Jacques Brunel has made three changes to the team that lost to France for the visit of Scotland to Rome on Saturday.

Angelo Esposito returns on the wing in place of Tommaso Iannone, Roberto Barbieri replaces Mauro Bergamasco at openside flanker, and Alessandro Zanni takes the place of Francesco Minto on the other flank.

On the bench, Matias Aguero and Paul Derbyshire are included.

Italy team to play Scotland:
15 Luke McLean, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Robert Barbieri, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Joshua Furno, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Alberto De Marchi.

Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Matias Aguero, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Marco Bortolami, 20 Paul Derbyshire, 21 Tobias Botes, 22 Luciano Orquera, 23 Tommaso Iannone.

What do you make of the Italy team? Will they beat Scotland this weekend?

5 thoughts on “Italy team to play Scotland

  1. Not sure that they have dropped Bergamasco. From what I have seen he seems to be relying on past glories + aggression (sounds familiar?).

    On form, I would have to go with Italy for this one, but with both Scotland and Italy, they both have the ability to go against any sort of form on their day – in fact, given that Scotland will supposedly target Italy’s scrum, then their real plan may well be hoping that it is their day, and not Italy’s.

  2. Italy are no mugs at home (England may have never lost in Rome, but our last 3 games there have been within 5 points). Add to that Scotland’s bizarre selection policy and poor form, I can’t see past a reasonably comfortable Italy win (by 8-12)

  3. I fancy Italy to beat Scotland. Johnson seems to have not only lost but destroyed the dressing room. Play well? Get dropped. The captain can’t even make the bench.

  4. Italy all the way. Scotland are no longer a credible contender in the 6 nations. Grey hair is only a distraction at this stage and should have been removed last year.

  5. Best thing that can happen for Scottish rugby (long term) is a thumping this weekend. They should clear out SJ, leave it all to Cotter next year and spend his salary on school rugby.

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