Two debutants for Italy

Italy have made six changes for their Six Nations match against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Among the backs, coach Jacques Brunel has opted to hand debuts to Michele Visentin and Enrico Bacchi, ahead of winger Leonardo Sarto and inside centre Andrea Masi.

Up front, flank Simone Favaro and lock Joshua Furno replace Mauro Bergamasco and Marco Bortolami respectively, while prop Dario Chistolini covers for Martin Castrogiovanni, who is held back to avoid possible infection after he was bitten by a friend's dog.

Brunel has also selected Matias Aguero ahead of Alberto de Marchi on the other side of the scrum, while deciding to stick with New Zealand-born flyhalf Kelly Haimona ahead of Tommy Allan.

Italy are sitting at the bottom of the Six Nations log, after suffering defeats to Ireland and England.

Italy – 15 Luke McLean, 14 Michele Visentin, 13 Luca Morisi, 12 Enrico Bacchin, 11 Giovambattista Venditti, 10 Kelly Haimona, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Joshua Furno, 4 George Fabio Biagi, 3 Dario Chistolini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Matias Aguero.
Subs: 16 Andrea Manici, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Marco Fuser, 20 Samuela Vunisa, 21 Guglielmo Palazzini, 22 Tommaso Allan, 23 Giulio Bisegni.

Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP Photo

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