Scotland make five changes for Italy Six Nations clash

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2018

Scotland have made five changes for their final game of the Six Nations, where they will take on Conor O'Shea's Italy in Rome.

The Dark Blues' faint title hopes were extinguished with defeat to Ireland last week but they will be keen to propel themselves up the table with victory against the tournament's whipping boys after wins against France and England.

Wing Tommy Seymour returns from injury to replace Blair Kinghorn - who marked his first worldwide start with a try in that 28-8 defeat in Dublin.

Glasgow Warriors centre Nick Grigg also comes into the backline for his first Six Nations start alongside club mate Huw Jones.

"We've had a deeper look at the Ireland game, where we performed well in areas that will have to be better this weekend", Townsend said.

Gray, who has not featured for Scotland in over a year, and Zander Fagerson will be among the replacements in Rome, with Tim Swinson and WP Nel moving into the starting XV.

Peter Horne, Blair Kinghorn and Stuart McInally drop to the bench for Gregor Townsend's men, with Simon Berghan and Grant Gilchrist out of the squad after last weekend's loss in Dublin.

The Scots also have been dealt welcoming injury news, with the return of Richie Gray to the substitutes, where he will be joined by Zander Fagerson.

"There were a number of positives in how we took the game to Ireland in attack and defence but this didn't lead to us scoring enough points to win the game".

"Playing Italy will be a very tough game - it always has been for any Scotland side", added the head coach.

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