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Scotland change tightheads

2011-03-16 18:34

London - Scotland coach Andy Robinson has made one change to the side that lost to England last weekend for their final Six Nations clash with Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Tighthead prop Geoff Cross will make his first start in two years in place of Moray Low while number eight Kelly Brown has been passed fit and retains his place in the starting lineup.

"We have chosen Geoff at tighthead prop as he made a good impact when he was introduced on Sunday in both set piece and open play," said Robinson on the Scottish union website (www.scottishrugby.org).

Brown was carried off in the second half of the Calcutta Cup match at Twickenham, which Scotland lost 22-16, after a heavy collision with England centre Matt Banahan but has recovered sufficiently from his concussion.

British Lions prop Euan Murray returns to take a place on the bench after missing the last two matches.

Scotland, who are without a win in the Six Nations this year, face an Italy side buoyed by their 22-21 victory against France on Saturday.

"We know from our own experience that Italy are formidable opponents, especially at the Stadio Flaminio, and our focus this week is on stepping up our performance on our home soil," added Robinson.

Scotland:

15-Chris Paterson, 14-Max Evans, 13-Joe Ansbro, 12-Sean Lamont, 11-Simon Danielli, 10-Ruaridh Jackson, 9-Rory Lawson, 8-Kelly Brown, 7-John Barclay, 6-Nathan Hines, 5-Alastair Kellock (captain), 4-Richie Gray, 3-Geoff Cross, 2-Ross Ford, 1-Allan Jacobsen.

Substitutes: 16-Scott Lawson, 17-Euan Murray, 18-Richie Vernon, 19-Alasdair Strokosch, 20-Mike Blair, 21-Dan Parks, 22-Nick De Luca.

Reuters