Scotland change one for Italy with Tim Visser starting

Scotland have made just one change to their starting XV for Saturday's match against Italy in Rome with Tim Visser replacing Sean Lamont in their back line.

Lamont drops to the bench where he is joined by Moray Low, Ryan Wilson, Peter Horne and Rory Sutherland who will make his debut if given the nod.

"After a week off from the Championship, we have returned to camp fresh and fit, and have prepared well for what will be another formidable opponent," Scotland coach Vern Cotter said. "Italy have shown they are a talented team, particularly in their performance away against France, but also against England.

"They surprised both teams with their physicality, intensity and quality, all of which we will have to be ready for, and at least equal to, if we are to win in Rome this weekend.

"We have worked hard to improve our game and will stay true to the core values of this team, which is to work hard but stay calm; have belief in our systems, ourselves, and enjoy the opportunity."


Hogg, Seymour, Bennett, Taylor, Visser, Russell, Laidlaw (captain); Dickinson, Ford, Nel, Richie Gray, Jonny Gray, Barclay, Hardie, Denton

Replacements: McInally, Sutherland, Low, Swinson, Wilson, Hidalgo-Clyne, Horne, Lamont