Visser earnings for Scotland v Italy

Tim Visser runs with a round for Scotland opposite Ireland

Visser, 28, has scored 10 tries in 23 Tests for Scotland

Scotland have removed fit-again wing Tim Visser in a customarily change to their side to face Italy in Saturday’s Six Nations compare in Rome.

Visser, who has played dual matches for Harlequins given returning from a hamstring injury, replaces Sean Lamont.

Lamont moves to a much-changed bench, that includes uncapped Edinburgh loose-head column Rory Sutherland, 23.

Tight-head Moray Low, flanker Ryan Wilson and centre Peter Horne are also named among a replacements.

Gordon Reid, Zander Ferguson, Duncan Weir, Ruaridh Jackson and a harmed Blair Cowan dump out of a match-day 23.

Full-back Stuart Hogg and wing Tommy Seymour are fit after pang knocks in Cardiff, while Duncan Taylor retains a series 12 jersey forward of fit-again Matt Scott after a clever tour opposite Wales.


Wilson was wanting from Scotland’s initial Six Nations squad, though has been elite to Glasgow team-mate Josh Strauss as conduct manager Vern Cotter looks to accelerate a strength of his replacements.

The versatile Horne, customarily a centre or full-back, will also yield fly-half cover for Finn Russell, with Weir dropping out.

Scotland are aiming to finish a nine-game Six Nations losing run with feat in Rome, stage of their final win in a championship in Feb 2014.

Scotland have won 5 of their final 6 meetings with Italy, including home and divided victories in warm-up Tests before final year’s World Cup, though have mislaid on 5 of their 8 Six Nations visits to Rome.

“Italy have shown they are a gifted team, quite in their opening divided opposite France, though also opposite England,” pronounced Cotter.

“They astounded both teams with their physicality, power and quality, all of that we will have to be prepared for, and during slightest equal to, if we are to win in Rome this weekend.

“We have worked tough to urge a diversion and will stay loyal to a core values of this team, that is to work tough though stay calm; have faith in a systems, ourselves, and suffer a opportunity.”

Scotland team: Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Mark Bennett (all Glasgow), Duncan Taylor (Saracens),Tim Visser (Harlequins); Finn Russell (Glasgow), Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester, capt); Al Dickinson, Ross Ford, Willem Nel (all Edinburgh); Richie Gray (Castres); Jonny Gray (Glasgow); John Barclay (Scarlets), John Hardie (Edinburgh), Dave Denton (Bath).

Replacements: Stuart McInally, Rory Sutherland (both Edinburgh), Moray Low (Exeter), Tim Swinson, Ryan Wilson (both Glasgow), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh), Peter Horne, Sean Lamont (both Glasgow).


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