Six Nations 2018: Gregor Townsend shakes up Scotland side for Italy clash

Winger Tommy Seymour returns from injury and takes the place of Blair Kinghorn

Winger Tommy Seymour returns from injury and takes the place of Blair Kinghorn

Scotland make five changes for the final Six Nations outing against Italy in Rome on Saturday.

Townsend's other alterations see Nick Grigg get a first Six Nations start in place of Pete Horne and Fraser Brown come in at hooker.

Scotland head coach Townsend, said: "We've had a deeper look at the Ireland game, where we performed well in areas that will have to be better this weekend".

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.

Lock Richie Gray and prop Zander Fagerson could also make their first appearances of the campaign having shrugged off injuries to be named among the substitutes.

Wing Tommy Seymour has recovered from the back injury that he sustained against England, relegating Blair Kinghorn to the bench and reuniting with Stuart Hogg and Sean Maitland in the back three.

"We've been pleased with how the players have responded to last week's disappointment, with the energy they have brought to training and a determination to improve our performance in our final match in this year's NatWest 6 Nations".

Gray, who has not featured for Scotland in over a year, and Zander Fagerson will be among the replacements in Rome, with Tim Swinson and WP Nel moving into the starting XV. "We are ready for the challenge and have an experienced group of players working hard to finish our campaign with a positive performance and result".

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