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