Scotland Makes 14 Changes For Italy Test

Sean Lamont will be the only survivor from Scotland’s 16-12 win in Turin against Italy in the return Test match on Saturday afternoon in Edinburgh.  Coach Vern Cotter has changed as many as 14 players for this clash against the Azzurri.  Cotter says: ‘We have good information on the growth of our quality and technique.  Many of these players have worked hard throughout the summer and had to wait patiently on the sidelines until now. Our task is to go into the field and try to be as precise as possible.  If we succeed, we will improve our performance and we will make our fans proud, who will attend the last home game before the Rugby World Cup.”

The Scotland match day squad is:

15 Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors) – 32 caps
14 Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors) – 95 caps
13 Mark Bennet (Glasgow Warriors) – 7 caps
12 Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps
11 Tim Visser (Harlequins) – 19 caps
10 Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps
9 Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester) – 39 caps – captain
8 David Denton (Edibburgh Rugby) – 26 caps
7 John Barclay (Scarlets) – 44 caps
6 Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps
5 Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 13 caps
4 Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby) – 9 caps
3 Willem Nel (Edinburgh Rugby) – 1 cap
2 Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby) – 87 caps
1 Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby) – 45 caps

Replacements:

16 Stuart Mcinally (Edinburgh Rugby) – 1 cap
17 Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors) – 10 caps
18 Jon Welsh (Glasgow Warriors) – 5 caps
19 Robert Harley (Glasgow Warriors) – 16 caps
20 Blair Cowan (London Irish) – 12 caps
21 Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors) – 15 caps
22 Ruaridh Jackson (Wasps) – 26 caps
23 Matt Scott (Edinburgh Rugby) – 27 caps

Photo credit: SNS/Scottish Rugby