Hines to beef up Scots challenge

Scotland head Coach Frank Hadden has made two changes to the squad for Saturday’s clash with Italy in the Six Nations Championship at Murrayfield.

Nathan Hines, introduced as a second-half substitute in this month’s victory against Wales, will start in the second-row instead of Jim Hamilton. It will be Hines’ 40th cap and he will partner Scott Murray in the second-row as Murray equals Gregor Townsend’s Scotland cap record total of 82.

Australia-born Hines made his international return off the bench in Scotland’s last Six Nations match, against Wales, on February 10. He had been absent for a long stretch after breaking his foot on Perpignan duty last March.

With Edinburgh wing Simon Webster ruled out of the Murrayfield match by an ankle injury, Glasgow Warriors back Andrew Henderson fills in on the bench.

Scotland compensated for the disappointment of defeat to England on the opening weekend by getting the better of Wales 10 days ago, sparking their Six Nations campaign to life.

They face an Italy side who were thrashed by France but then gave England cause for concern at Twickenham.

“Our pack stepped up to the mark against Wales and they will have to do so again as the Italians forwards are formidable,” said Head Coach Frank Hadden.

“I couldn’t really have asked for any more from Jim Hamilton in the match against the Welsh but given that Nathan (Hines) has missed out on some matches through injury I am keen to see him.”

Hadden reflected that Scott Murray had marked his return to the starting line-up against Wales with a combative display.

“Saturday is another landmark day for Scott and his appetite to be part of our determination to provide something special for our supporters is as strong as ever.”

More to follow…

Scotland: 15 Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh Rugby), 14 Sean Lamont (Northampton Saints), 13 Marcus Di Rollo (Edinburgh Rugby), 12 Rob Dewey (Edinburgh Rugby), 11 Chris Paterson (Edinburgh Rugby, captain) , 10 Phil Godman (Edinburgh Rugby), 9 Chris Cusiter (Border Reivers), 8 Dave Callam (Edinburgh Rugby), 7 Kelly Brown (Border Reivers), 6 Simon Taylor (Edinburgh Rugby), 5 Scott Murray (Edinburgh Rugby), 4 Nathan Hines (Perpignan), 3 Euan Murray (Glasgow Warriors), 2 Dougie Hall (Edinburgh Rugby), 1 Gavin Kerr (Border Reivers).
Replacements: 16 Ross Ford (Border Reivers), 17 Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh Rugby), 18 Jim Hamilton (Leicester Tigers), 19 Allister Hogg (Edinburgh Rugby), 20 Rory Lawson (Gloucester), 21 Andrew Henderson (Glasgow Warriors), 22 Nikki Walker (Ospreys).

Date: Saturday, February 24
Venue: Murrayfield
Kick-off: 15:00
Referee: Donal Courtney (Ireland)
Touch judges: Wayne Barnes (England), Hugh Watkins (Wales)
Television match official: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assessor: Patrick Robin (France)

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