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Italy v Scotland: rugby Six Nations team lineups, date, kick off time, TV channel and latest match odds

Rugby’s Greatest Championship returns this weekend, and the Saturday action kicks off in Rome with what is sure to be a fascinating encounter.

The 2022 Six Nations Championship returns this weekend after the second and last of two bye-weeks and the middle fixture of the three sees Italy host Scotland.

The hosts are still on the hunt for their first victory in the tournament since 2015, which came against Scotland at Murrayfield, while Gregor Townsend’s side want to get back to winning ways after defeats to Wales and France.

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Both sides are officially out of contention for the title and Italy must win if they are to have any hope of avoiding the dreaded Wooden Spoon.

Here is everything you need to know about how to watch the match, when and where it kicks off and how the teams will line-up:

Italy v Scotland Six Nations 2022 date and kick off time

Kieran Crowley, the Italy head coach looks on during the Six Nations Rugby match between Ireland and Italy at Aviva Stadium on February 27

Italy v Scotland is the second of the Round Four matches and will kick off Saturday’s action on March 12 at 14:15 UK time.

The Stadio Olimpico in Rome, which hosts all of Italy’s home rugby internationals, will be the venue for the fixture.

Scotland secured a dominant 52-10 victory over Italy at Murrayfield in last year’s Six Nations, while the last meeting in Rome, back in 2020, also went the way of the Scots as they won 17-0.

Italy v Scotland Six Nations 2022 team news

Both teams have already been named ahead of the match.

Scotland make five changes to the team that lost to France including the return of Matt Fagerson, who has recovered from injury, and Glasgow Warriors’ Kyle Steyn replaces the suspended Duhan van der Merwe on the wing.

Starting XV: Stuart Hogg (c), Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Kyle Steyn, Finn Russell, Ali Price, Matt Fagerson, Hamish Watson, Rory Darge, Grant Gilchrist, Sam Skinner, Zander Fagerson, George Turner, Pierre Schoeman.

Replacements: Stuart McInally, Allan Dell, WP Nel, Jamie Hodgson, Magnus Bradbury, Ben Vellacott, Adam Hastings, Sione Tuipulotu.

Meanwhile, Italy are unchanged from the side that lost 57-6 to Ireland and had to play an hour of the match with 13 men.

Starting XV: Edoardo Padovani, Pierre Bruno, Ignacio Brex, Leonardo Marin, Monty Ioane, Paolo Garbisi, Callum Braley, Toa Halafihi, Michele Lamaro (c), Giovanni Pettinelli, Federico Ruzza, Niccolò Cannone, Pietro Ceccarelli, Giacomo Nicotera, Danilo Fischetti

Replacements: Luca Bigi, Ivan Nemer, Giosuè Zilocchi, David Sisi, Manuel Zuliani, Alessandro Fusco, Marco Zanon, Ange Capuozzo.

What channel is Italy v Scotland on? How to watch Six Nations 2022 and live stream

UK viewers can watch the game live on ITV1/STV with build-up starting from 13:30 which is half an hour before kick off.

The match can also be live streamed via the ITV Player/STV Player.

Italy v Scotland Six Nations 2022 latest betting odds

Scotland are heavy favourites to win the match and start at 1/16 while Italy are 9/1 and the unlikely event of a draw can be backed at 40/1.

There is also the option to back Scotland to win with a -21 point handicap at 10/11.

Scotland to win by a 1 to 12 point margin is 11/4, while it’s 1/3 for them to win by 13 points or more.

*All odds correct at the time of publication.

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