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Horne steps in for suspended Russell as Scotland name side for pivotal Italy clash

Vern Cotter has made two enforced and two tactical changes for Saturday’s meeting with the Azzurri.

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SCOTLAND COACH VERN Cotter has made four changes to his side for this weekend’s meeting of the Six Nations’ remaining winless sides.

Scotland host Italy in Murrayfield hoping to get a win under their belt and steer cleer of wooden spoon contention before facing England and Ireland at the tail end of the tournament.

Suspended out-half Finn Russell will be replaced by Peter Horne with Mark Bennett partnered by Alex Dunbar in midfield. Captain Greig Laidlaw is the only member of the back-line who doesn’t play for Glasgow Warriors.

Tommy Seymour returns to the wing at the expense of Tim Visser while Euan Murray returns to the starting line-up after another self-imposed Sunday exile. An arm injury to giant lock Richie Gray gray means the second row will feature another all-Glasgow pairing with Tim Swinson stepping in alongside Jonny Gray.

Edinburgh duo Ben Toolis and Hamish Watson meanwhile, will be hoping to make their debut from the bench.

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Scotland team (v Italy) Saturday, 14.30:

15 Stuart Hogg
14. Tommy Seymour
13 Mark Bennett
12 Alex Dunbar
11 Sean Lamont
10 Peter Horne
9 Greig Laidlaw CAPT
1 Alasdair Dickinson
2 Ross Ford
3 Euan Murray
4 Tim Swinson
5 Jonny Gray
6 Rob Harley
7 Blair Cowan
8 Johnnie Beattie

Replacements:

16 Fraser Brown
17 Ryan Grant
18 Geoff Cross
19 Ben Toolis
20 Hamish Watson
21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
22 Greig Tonks
23 Matt Scott

Referee: George Clancy (IRFU)

Originally published at 12.04

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