Scotland launch this Saturday’s action in the Autumn Nations Cup against Italy in the unusual surroundings of the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence.
Following Friday night’s curtain-raiser between Ireland and Wales, it’s the turn of Scotland and Italy to begin their Autumn Nations Cup accounts, with Gregor Townsend’s side looking to build on what was a very promising campaign that ended on a high with their first victory on Welsh soil in 18 years.
There will be a particular focus on fly-half Duncan Weir, who steps into the No 10 shirt for the first time since 2016 in the injury-enforced absence of Finn Russell and Adam Hastings after they were both injured in the victory over Wales two weeks’ ago.
In total, Townsend has made four changes to the team that finished the Six Nations with a flourish, while Italian counterpart Franco Smith makes just two changes from the side that suffered a 34-5 defeat by England a fortnight ago.
Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s match.
When is the match?
Italy vs Scotland takes place at Twickenham on Saturday 14 November 2020.
What time does it start?
The match kicks off at 12:45pm GMT.
How can I watch it?
Amazon Prime have bought the rights to the majority of the Autumn Nations Cup, with the paid subscription service set to show 14 of the 16 games throughout the tournament.
The match will be shown live on Amazon Prime from 12:15pm.
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Is it on TV?
No. Channel 4 have the rights for Ireland’s three games this autumn, with the two home matches shown exclusively and the trip to Twickenham to face England shared with Amazon Prime.
Highlights will be shown on Channel 4 at 11pm on Sunday 15 November.
Italy: Matteo Minozzi; Jacopo Trulla, Marco Zanon, Carlo Canna, Mattia Bellini; Paolo Garbisi, Marcello Violi; Danilo Fischetti, Luca Bigi, Giosue Zilocchi; Marco Lazzaroni, Niccolo Cannone; Sebastian Negri, Braam Steyn, Jake Polledri.
Replacements: Leonardo Ghiraldini, Simone Ferrari, Pietro Ceccarelli, Johan Meyer, Maxime Mbanda, Stephen Varney, Tommaso Allan, Federico Mori.
Scotland: Stuart Hogg; Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe; Duncan Weir, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, Stuart McInally, Zander Fagerson; Scott Cummings, Jonny Gray; Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, BladeThomson.
Replacements: George Turner, Oli Kebble, WP Nel, Sam Skinner, Nick Haining, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, James Lang, Blair Kinghorn.
Italy to win: 4/1
Scotland to win: ¼
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