Six Nations: Robert Harley named in Scotland team to face Italy
Robert Harley will make his first start for Scotland at Murrayfield in Saturday's Six Nations game against Italy.
Last Updated: 05/02/13 12:27pm
The 22-year-old, who scored the match-winning try against Samoa on his Scotland debut when he was introduced off the bench last summer, replaces the injured Alasdair Strokosch in the back-row.
Strokosch will be examined by a specialist surgeon to determine whether he can play any further part in the championship after the eye socket damage he sustained in the 38-18 defeat to England at the weekend.
The only other change to the starting line-up sees Ross Ford return at hooker in place of Dougie Hall, who sustained a knee injury in the Calcutta Cup match.
Hall and his Glasgow Warriors team-mate Pat MacArthur are both bracketed for the substitute hooker role with a decision to be made later in the week.
Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson said: "I had the pleasure of working with Robert on our tour last summer.
"He's big and aggressive and he's been knocking on the door for selection for a wee while. He deserves this chance as a reward for his club form.
"Italy's victory against France in Rome was well-deserved and certainly didn't surprise us. It will be a true Test match this weekend and it would be great to have a big vocal Murrayfield crowd supporting the boys this weekend."
Scotland team: Hogg, Maitland, Lamont, Scott, Visser, Jackson, Laidlaw; Grant, Ford, Murray, Gray, Hamilton, Harley, Brown, Beattie.
Replacements: Hall or MacArthur, Low, Cross, Kellock, Denton, Pyrgos, Weir, Evans.