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Outhalf Horne comes in for banned Russell for Scots

File photo dated 13-02-2015 of Head Coach Vern Cotter. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday February 26, 2015. Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has made four changes for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy, with Peter Horne chosen to replace suspended fly-half Finn Russell. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read Danny Lawson/PA Wire.
File photo dated 13-02-2015 of Head Coach Vern Cotter. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday February 26, 2015. Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has made four changes for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy, with Peter Horne chosen to replace suspended fly-half Finn Russell. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

Glasgow's Peter Horne has been given the nod to replace suspended stand-off Finn Russell for Scotland's Six Nations clash with Italy tomorrow.

Russell this week lost an appeal against a two-match ban for a dangerous tackle on Wales' Dan Biggar - leaving Dark Blues head coach Vern Cotter (inset) with a dilemma over his replacement.

The Kiwi had to decide between the in-form duo of Horne and Edinburgh's Greig Tonks, but it is the Warriors fly-half who has been told he will collect his seventh cap when the Azzurri visit Murrayfield.

Horne's inclusion is one of four changes to the side beaten 26-23 by Wales two weeks ago.

Glasgow's Tommy Seymour takes Tim Visser's place on the wing while Scotstoun team-mate Tim Swinson comes in for injured lock Richie Gray.

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Prop Euan Murray, who missed the Wales clash for religious reasons, reclaims his place as Geoff Cross drops out, while Tonks is left to take consolation from being named amongst the substitutes.

Scotland will hope to bounce back from successive defeats to France and then Warren Gatland's men as they host the Italians in Edinburgh - a match already looking like the Wooden Spoon decider.

Cotter said: "We're very wary of Italy and feel that they have improved.

"They are a team that will be targeting this game, so we must be prepared to roll our sleeves up and work very hard to get a result."

Scotland: S Hogg, T Seymour , M Bennett, A Dunbar, S Lamont, P Horne, G Laidlaw; A Dickinson, R Ford, E Murray, T Swinson, J Gray, R Harley, B Cowan, J Beattie.

Italy: L McLean, M Visentin, L Morisi, E Bacchin, G Venditti, K Haimona, E Gori; M Aguero, L Ghiraldini, D Chistolini, G Fabio Biagi, J Furno, F Minto, S Favaro S Parisse.

scotland v italy, live rte2/bbc1, tomorrow (2.30)

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