Italy make one change
Milan - Italy coach Jacques Brunel made only
one change from the side that started in the 23-18 triumph over France
last week for the Azzurri's second Six Nations challenge Saturday
Gonzalo Canale, who plays club rugby for La
Rochelle in France, replaces Alberto Sgarbi at inside centre after the
latter picked up an injury knock.
Remarkably, it is the only
change from the team that battled through a bruising and entertaining
encounter against France at the Olympic Stadium to record a famous
victory in Rome last Sunday.
Brunel has kept faith with the
half-back pairing of Luciano Orquera and Tobias Botes, the former having
kicked 10 points in the France victory before Kris Burton sealed the
win with a 68th-minute drop goal.
Burton once again starts on the
bench for the Azzurri, who will travel to Murrayfield hoping to notch
their third successive win in the tournament having capped last year's
edition with victory over Scotland.
Edinburgh could also be a
memorable occasion for loose-head prop Andrea Lo Cicero, who will pick
up his 100th Italy cap in the Scottish capital to sit just one behind
the 101-cap record of Alessandro Troncon.
Italy's next Six Nations game at home is against Wales on February 23.
Teams:Revised Scotland team:
Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Sean Lamont, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim
Visser, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Kelly
Brown (captain), 6 Robert Harley, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Euan
Murray, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Ryan Grant
Substitutes: 16 Pat MacArthur,
17 Moray Low, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Alastair Kellock, 20 David Denton, 21
Henry Pyrgos, 22 Duncan Weir, Max Evans
Italy: 15 Andrea Masi,
14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Gonzalo Canale,
11 Luke McLean, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Tobias Botes, 8 Sergio Parisse
(captain), 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Francesco Minto,
4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini,
1 Andrea Lo Cicero
Substitutes: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Alberto
De Marchi, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Antonio Pavanello, 20 Paul
Derbyshire, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Kristopher Burton, 23 Gonzalo Garcia.