Six Nations 2016: Kelly Haimona replaces Carlo Canna for Italy

Kelly Haimona in action for Italy
Kelly Haimona missed the World Cup through injury
Six Nations: Italy v Scotland
Date: Saturday, 26 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

Fly-half Kelly Haimona will start Italy's Six Nations match against Scotland on Saturday after Carlo Canna failed to recover from injury.

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made four changes to his starting line-up.

David Odiete returns to replace Luke McLean at full-back having impressed in Paris before missing the heavy defeat by England due to a calf problem.

Lock Joshua Furno and experienced hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini also start for the Azzurri in Rome.

This weekend's live TV and radio coverage
Fri, 26 Feb (20:05 GMT)Wales v FranceBBC One & Radio 5 live
Sat, 27 Feb (14:25 GMT)Italy v ScotlandITV & 5 live sports extra
Sat, 27 Feb (16:50 GMT)England v IrelandITV & Radio 5 live
Six Nations coverage on the BBC

Furno will make his first start of the tournament in place of George Biagi, who has been ruled out after suffering a fractured rib against England.

Ghiraldini, who will earn his 81st cap, returns in place of Ornel Gega after he fractured a cheekbone in the last game.

Having seen Italy come close to upsetting France in their tournament opener, Brunel has sought to replicate his starting XV from match at Stade de France as much as possible.

However, he will have to do without Canna, who had earned praise for his performances despite the losses to France and England.

Haimona, who missed last year's World Cup with injury, will partner scrum-half Edoardo Gori, who will earn his 50th cap against Scotland.

The 25-year-old Gori said: "I feel very humble because every opportunity to play for Italy makes you proud."

Six Nations table

Captain Sergio Parisse will earn his 117th cap when he starts at number eight, while Italy's leading cap-holder, Martin Castrogiovanni, who has one more appearance, starts on the bench.

Scotland have beaten Italy nine times in 16 previous Six Nations meetings, with Italy winning seven.

However, Scotland arrive looking to avoid a 10th straight Six Nations defeat, including their loss to the Italians at Murrayfield last season.

Italy team v Scotland

Starting XV: David Odiete (Marchiol Mogliano), Leonardo Sarto (Zebre), Michele Campagnaro (Exeter Chiefs), Gonzalo Garcia (Zebre), Mattia Bellini (Petrarca Padova), Kelly Haimona (Zebre), Edoardo Gori (Benetton Treviso); Andrea Lovotti (Zebre), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Leicester Tigers), Lorenzo Citttadini (London Wasps), Marco Fuser (Benetton Treviso), Joshua Furno (Newcastle Falcons), Francesco Minto (Benetton Treviso), Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Treviso), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais, captain).

Replacements: Davide Giazzon (Benetton Treviso), Matteo Zanusso (Benetton Treviso), Martin Castrogiovanni (Racing '92), Valerio Bernabo (Zebre), Andries Van Schalkwyk (Zebre), Guglielmo Palazzani (Zebre), Edoardo Padovani (Zebre), Andrea Pratichetti (Benetton Treviso).

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