Tim Visser
Visser back for Scotland for his first game of the campaign. Getty

Scotland travel to the Stadio Olimpico to take on Italy in the third round of the RBS Six Nations on Saturday 27 February.

Where to watch

Italy vs Scotland kicks off at 2:25pm (GMT) and is available to watch live on ITV.


It's a fixture that is now commonly recognised as the battle to avoid the wooden spoon. But in the fight to avoid being labelled the worst side in the Six Nations, Scotland will look to the returning Tim Visser to ensure they get their first win of the competition.

The winger is fit again having suffered a hamstring injury that at one point left his entire campaign in doubt, and after missing the opening losses to England and Wales, he comes straight into Vern Cotter's XV, with Sean Lamont dropping to the bench as a result.

Italy boss Jacques Brunel has made four changes to the side that was downed by England a fortnight ago. The injured Carlo Canna makes way for Kelly Haimona at fly-half. Canna is joined on the treatment table by Ornel Gega, who picked up a fractured cheek bone in that defeat on Valentine's Day at the Stadio Olimpico. Leonardo Ghiraldini comes in for him, while David Odiete comes in at full-back. Josh Furno also returns to the team, replacing George Biagi in the second row.

Italy rugby
Italy are also without a win so far this campaign. Getty


Italy: 15. David Odiete, 14. Leonardo Sarto, 13. Michele Campagnaro, 12. Gonzalo Garcia, 11. Mattia Bellini, 10. Kelly Haimona, 9. Edoardo Gori, 1. Andrea Lovotti, 2. Leonardo Ghiraldini, 3. Lorenzo Cittadini, 4. Marco Fuser, 5. Josh Furno, 6. Francesco Minto, 7. Alessandro Zanni, 8. Sergio Parisse

Replacements: 16. Davide Giazzon, 17. Matteo Zanusso, 18. Martin Castrogiovanni, 19. Valerio Bernabo. 20. Dries van Schalkwyk. 21, Guglielmo Palazzani. 22, Edoardo Padovani, 23. Andrea Pratichetti

Scotland: 15. Stuart Hogg, 14. Tommy Seymour, 13. Mark Bennett, 12. Duncan Taylor, 11. Tim Visser, 10. Finn Russell, 9. Greig Laidlaw, 1. Alasdair Dickinson, 2. Ross Ford, 3. WP Nel, 4. Richie Gray, 5. Jonny Gray, 6, John Barclay, 7. John Hardie, 8. David Denton

Replacements: 16. Stuart McInally, 17. Rory Sutherland, 18. Moray Low, 19. Tim Swinson, 20. Ryan Wilson, 21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22. Peter Horne, 23. Sean Lamont

What the coaches say

Vern Cotter: "This team will win a game and the focus is on the this game and being totally concentrated on it, being fully committed during this 80 minutes and not be worried by anything else. There's positive pressure in this game because we've done things better from the previous week if you look at the Wales game from the English game.

"We're looking at improving again this week and we know we are playing a top side and we'd like to lift the performance and then if we can do that we've got another two games in this competition. The Six Nations doesn't finish after this 80 minutes."

Jacques Brunel: I don't know what Scotland's weak points are. If you look at the last games they played, from the World Cup and in this Six Nations, they have lost games they could have won.

"For us, they are very physical side and technically superior. It's a difficult game for us. We've got used to the idea that playing against Scotland is easier, the one we can win.

"But for me, it's one of the hardest teams to play against. It's the team that has impressed me the most."