Heathcote returns to Scotland starting line-up

20 June 2013

Talented young Bath Rugby fly-half Tom Heathcote is back in the Scotland starting line-up for Saturday's game against Italy.

Heathcote replaces Ruaridh Jackson at fly-half as one of three changes to the team who lost to South Africa last weekend.

In the pack Alastair Kellock wins his 55th cap in the second-row for Jim Hamilton, who has returned home for the birth of his second child, and David Denton replaces the injured Ryan Wilson in the back-row.

Scotland head coach Scott Johnson said: "This is the end of a long season for both the northern hemisphere teams in this tournament and, as I've said before, we want no rocks under our beach towels after Saturday's game.

"I was encouraged by our performance against South Africa last week but having set that standard we have to ensure that we build upwards from it against Italy.

"When we gathered in camp in Perthshire last month I said that this tour would be about broadening our base and that we'd find out about whether certain players were ready to play international rugby.

"That has happened and we'll take a lot from that but we also want to end the tournament on a high against an Italian team that we know well and that we respect greatly."

Scotland team to play Italy

15 Peter Murchie

14 Tommy Seymour

13 Alex Dunbar

12 Matt Scott

11 Sean Lamont

10 Tom Heathcote

9 Greig Laidlaw

1 Alasdair Dickinson

2 Scott Lawson

3 Euan Murray

4 Tim Swinson

5 Alastair Kellock

6 David Denton

7 Alasdair Strokosch

8 Johnnie Beattie


16 Fraser Brown

17 Moray Low

18 Jon Welsh

19 Grant Gilchrist

20 Robert Harley

21 Henry Pyrgos

22 Duncan Taylor

23 Tim Visser

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