Gregor Townsend opts for experience as Scotland make five changes for Italy

Jonny Gray is disappointed with Scotland's Six Nations campaign

Jonny Gray is disappointed with Scotland's Six Nations campaign

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend on Wednesday announced five changes to his line-up for this weekend's Six Nations clash against Italy as he looks to end their campaign on a high.

Scotland's faint title hopes were extinguished with defeat to Ireland last weekend, so Townsend has chose to freshen up his starting XV for the match in Rome.

Centre Nick Grigg makes his first start in the tournament, while winger Tommy Seymour returns from a back problem.

Townsend's other alterations see Nick Grigg get a first Six Nations start in place of Pete Horne and Fraser Brown come in at hooker.

Richie Gray and Zander Fagerson, who have been missing through injury, are among the replacements in the Rome.

"There were a number of positives in how we took the game to Ireland in attack and defence but this didn't lead to us scoring enough points to win the game", said Townsend.

"We've been pleased with how the players have responded to last week's disappointment, with the energy they have brought to training and a determination to improve our performance in our final match in this year's NatWest 6 Nations".

Glasgow Warriors wing Seymour is named in the back three alongside Stuart Hogg and Sean Maitland at the expense of Blair Kinghorn, having recovered from the back injury that kept him out of last weekend's defeat to Ireland.

Replacements: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Richie Gray, 20 David Denton, 21 Ali Price, 22 Pete Horne, 23 Blair Kinghorn.

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