Scotland team to play Italy

Andy Robinson has made four changes to his side as they prepare to take on Italy – three are injury-enforced, and there’s a tactical change at loosehead prop.

With Thom Evans, Chris Paterson and Rory Lamont all injured, Hugo Southwell, Simon Danielli and Max Evans return to the starting line up, whilst Allan Jacobsen starts instead of Alasdair Dickinson in the front row.

It really is a must-win fixture for Scotland after their demoralising capitulation against Wales. Based on the Azzurri’s performance against England, a win in Rome is by no means guaranteed, and Scotland will have their work cut out to avoid the wooden spoon.

Scotland: H Southwell; S Danielli, M Evans, G Morrison, S Lamont; D Parks, C Cusiter (capt); A Jacobsen, R Ford, E Murray, J Hamilton, A Kellock, K Brown, J Barclay, J Beattie

Replacements: S Lawson, A Dickinson, N Hines, A Strokosch, M Blair, P Godman, N De Luca

2 thoughts on “Scotland team to play Italy

  1. I don’t know how much alcohol you consumed watching the England v Italy match but Scotland shouldn’t have to worry tto much about an Italian team without any creatavity or direction in their backs who managed to hold a very poor England side for most of the game without actually having to do anything. Eng beat Wales who at the moment are not gelling or playing anywhere near their capacity and Scotland threw the game against Wales away with some very niaive rugby which surely cannot be repeated. Surely a Scottish win this week? I for one certainly hope so!

  2. When Italy ran the ball at England, I thought they actually looked more dangerous than they usually do – it’s just that they suffered from the same lack of ambition as England, even though they showed they could play with a bit of width, they chose to kick more often than not.

    They were 20 times better than they were against Ireland, so you had better hope they don’t keep improving at the same rate!

    I think Scotland will probably be too good, but their mindset might be a concern after the nature of their defeat and losing some big players to serious injuries.

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