Six Nations 2016: Scotland recall Tim Visser & change bench v Italy

Tim Visser runs with the ball for Scotland against Ireland
Visser, 28, has scored 10 tries in 23 Tests for Scotland
Six Nations: Italy v Scotland
Date: Saturday, 27 February Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome Kick-off: 14:25 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Scotland & Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary

Scotland have recalled fit-again wing Tim Visser in the only change to their side to face Italy in Saturday's Six Nations match in Rome.

Visser, who has played two matches for Harlequins since returning from a hamstring injury, replaces Sean Lamont.

Lamont moves to a much-changed bench, which includes uncapped Edinburgh loose-head prop Rory Sutherland, 23.

Tight-head Moray Low, flanker Ryan Wilson and centre Peter Horne are also named among the replacements.

Gordon Reid, Zander Ferguson, Duncan Weir, Ruaridh Jackson and the injured Blair Cowan drop out of the match-day 23.

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Full-back Stuart Hogg and wing Tommy Seymour are fit after suffering knocks in Cardiff, while Duncan Taylor retains the number 12 jersey ahead of fit-again Matt Scott after a strong outing against Wales.

Graphic of Scotland's team line-up against Italy

Wilson was omitted from Scotland's initial Six Nations squad, but has been preferred to Glasgow team-mate Josh Strauss as head coach Vern Cotter looks to bolster the strength of his replacements.

The versatile Horne, usually a centre or full-back, will also provide fly-half cover for Finn Russell, with Weir dropping out.

Scotland are aiming to end a nine-game Six Nations losing run with victory in Rome, scene of their last win in the championship in February 2014.

Scotland have won five of their last six meetings with Italy, including home and away victories in warm-up Tests before last year's World Cup, but have lost on five of their eight Six Nations visits to Rome.

Scotland v Italy - recent meetings
Aug 2015: Scotland 48-7 ItalyJun 2013: Scotland 30-29 Italy
Aug 2015: Italy 12-16 ScotlandFeb 2013: Scotland 34-10 Italy
Feb 2015: Scotland 19-22 ItalyMar 2012: Italy 13-6 Scotland
Feb 2014: Italy 20-21 ScotlandAug 2011: Scotland 23-12 Italy

"Italy have shown they are a talented team, particularly in their performance away against France, but also against England," said Cotter.

"They surprised both teams with their physicality, intensity and quality, all of which we will have to be ready for, and at least equal to, if we are to win in Rome this weekend.

"We have worked hard to improve our game and will stay true to the core values of this team, which is to work hard but stay calm; have belief in our systems, ourselves, and enjoy the opportunity."

Scotland team: Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Mark Bennett (all Glasgow), Duncan Taylor (Saracens),Tim Visser (Harlequins); Finn Russell (Glasgow), Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester, capt); Al Dickinson, Ross Ford, Willem Nel (all Edinburgh); Richie Gray (Castres); Jonny Gray (Glasgow); John Barclay (Scarlets), John Hardie (Edinburgh), Dave Denton (Bath).

Replacements: Stuart McInally, Rory Sutherland (both Edinburgh), Moray Low (Exeter), Tim Swinson, Ryan Wilson (both Glasgow), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh), Peter Horne, Sean Lamont (both Glasgow).

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