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Scotland Make Five Changes ahead of Italy Test

Gregor Townsend has made five changes ahead of their final six nations game this weekend at the Stadio Olympico in Rome.

Centre Nick Grigg makes his first start in the tournament, while winger Tommy Seymour returns from a back problem.

Hooker Fraser Brown is joined in the front row by WP Nel and lock Tim Swinson comes in.

Scotland are aiming to match last season’s tally of three victories, following home successes against France and England.

Peter Horne, Blair Kinghorn and Stuart McInally drop to the bench for Gregor Townsend’s men, with Simon Berghan and Grant Gilchrist out of the squad after last weekend’s loss in Dublin.

Richie Gray and Zander Fagerson, who have been missing through injury, are among the replacements in the Rome.

Number eight Ryan Wilson is fit to start after being withdrawn with a head injury against Ireland.

Italy are bottom of the table, without a Six Nations win since their visit to Murrayfield in 2015.

In the Six Nations, Scotland beat Italy 29-0 in Edinburgh last year and were 36-20 winners in Rome in 2016.

Scotland: Hogg, Seymour H Jones, Grigg, Maitland, Russell, Laidlaw, Reid, Brown, Nel, J Gray, Swinson, Barclay (capt) Watson, Wilson.

Replacements: McInally, Bhatti, Fagerson, R. Gray, Denton, Price, Horne, Kinghorn.

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