Italy vs Scotland: Six Nations squad news, rosters, how to watch, odds


Cotland will be confident of finding their way back to winning ways when they travel to Rome to take on Italy in the penultimate weekend of Six Nations action.

After getting their campaign off to the perfect start with a win over England, Gregor Townsend’s side have since stalled with defeats to Wales and France and they are desperate to produce a positive display to boost morale .

They will face an Italian side likely to be generous opponents, with their Six Nations winless streak now at 35.

Italy have scored a total of 13 points in their three matches so far, failing to cloud the scoreboard against England in their only home game.

Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s Six Nations clash…

Italy v Scotland kick off date, time and venue

Italy v Scotland is scheduled to kick off at 2.15pm GMT on Saturday March 12.

The match will take place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

How to watch Italy vs Scotland

TV channel: In the UK, Italy v Scotland is shown live on ITV 1, with coverage starting at 1.30pm.

Direct: Fans can also catch the action as it unfolds online via the ITV hub.

Live Blog: Standard Sport will also provide live updates on Friday evenings via their dedicated match blog.

Italy vs Scotland Team News

Italy made two changes from the team that was comfortably beaten by Ireland.

Both are forced out by injuries, with Callum Braley replacing Stephen Varney at scrum-half and Giacomo Nicotera making his debut at hooker.

He replaces Gianmarco Lucchesi, who is ruled out with a dislocated elbow.

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Duhan van der Merwe is out for Scotland after their tournament ended with a three-week ban, giving Kyle Steyn the chance to make his first Six Nations start.

Ali Price will earn his 50th cap as he leaves alongside Finn Russell.

Hamish Watson and Matt Fagerson return for Scotland, while Ben Vellacott is named as a substitute and Townsend hopes he can make an impact late in the game.

“Hamish had a very good game in Cardiff and Matt started the Championship very well too, so having them back adds to our experience,” said Townsend.

“Ben’s form in the first half of the season was excellent. He earned his opportunity and his pace could be a real weapon for us in the final quarter.

Lineups Italy vs Scotland

Italy XV: Padovani; Bruno, Brex, Marin, Ioane; Garbisi, Braley; Fischetti, Nicotera, Ceccarelli, Cannone, Ruzza, Pettinelli, Lamaro, Halafihi

Replacements: Bigi, Nemer, Zilocchi, Sisi, Zuliani, Fusco, Zanon, Capuozzo

XV of Scotland: Hogg; Graham, Harris, Johnson, Steyn; Russell, Price; Schoeman, Turner, Z Fagerson; Skinner, Gilchrist; Watson, Darge, M Fagerson.

Replacements: McInally, Dell, Nel, Hodgson, Bradbury, Vellacott, Hastings, Tuipulotu.

Italy vs Scotland head to head (h2h) history and results

This will be the 34th meeting between these two nations. England have won 25 of the previous games, with Italy winning the other eight games.

Seven of those Italian wins have come at home, but it’s been a decade since they got the better of Scotland in Rome.

Italy vs Scotland prediction

It’s been seven years since Italy won a game in the Six Nations, beating Scotland at Murrayfield as they cruised to a famous 22-19 win.

However, there is nothing to celebrate in recent years and nothing to suggest that this winless run is about to end.

Scotland were unable to build on their success in the Calcutta Cup, but they pushed Wales along the way and had some brilliant moments last time out against a conquering French side.

Italy have managed just one try all tournaments so far – they may well add to that, but they will struggle to stop Scotland’s exciting full-backs from unleashing in Rome.

Away win by more than 30 points.

Italy vs Scotland Odds

Italy win: 9/1

Scotland win: 1/14

Draw: 45/1

Odds via Betfair (subject to change).

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