By Jonathan Davies

2015 - the year of rugby in the UK

Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has made six changes to face Scotland in their Six Nations tie at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The Azzurri were comfortably beaten 47-17 by England in their last outing, but managed a more than decent display which brought with it three tries.

23-year old wing Michele Visentin and 22-year old centre Enrico Bacchin make their debuts for the Italians, replacing Leonardo Sarto and Andrea Masi, respectively.

Prop Martin Castrogiovanni misses the fixture after he was bitten by a dog, resulting in 14 stitches. He's replaced by Dario Chistolini.

Matias Aguero, Simone Favaro and Joshua Furno all come in for Alberto De Marchi, Marco Bortolami and Mauro Bergamasco.

Jacques Brunel said: "Scotland is a team that we have struggled to beat in recent years.

"They have also lost their opening two games but not by a big margin.

"They were in the game against France and they dominated against Wales but then had problems.

"They don't seem to have major weaknesses. It's going to be a difficult game, but I expect a lot more from my team."

Backs: Luke McLean (Sale Sharks), Michelle Visentin (Zebre), Giovanbattista Venditti (Zebre); Luca Morisi (Benetton Treviso), Enrico Bacchin (Benetton Treviso); Kelly Haimona (Zebre), Edoardo Gori (Benetton Treviso).

Forwards: Matias Aguero (Zebre), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Leicester Tigers), Dario Chistolini (Zebre), George Biagi (Zebre), Joshua Furno (Newcastle Falcons), Francesco Minto (Benetton Treviso), Simone Favaro (Benetton Treviso), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais, captain).

Replacements: Andrea Manici (Zebre), Alberto De Marchi (Sale Sharks), Lorenzo Cittadini (London Wasps), Marco Fuser (Benetton Treviso), Samuela Vunisa (Zebre), Guglielmo Palazzani (Zebre), Tommaso Allan (Perpignan), Guilio Bisegni (Zebre).