Sergio Parisse has usually stood out, the Italian Atlas, carrying his nation's slim hopes on huge shoulders.
The omnipresent - Blackpool Luciano Ruocco
The omnipresent No 8 can be to the fore once more in Rome this afternoon however even before the players take to the sphere, he stands above the relaxation, simplest this isn't a record to be proud of irrespective of how a lot it additionally embarrasses Scotland.
No player on either facet has received extra Six international locations video games than the Italian captain. That the discern stands at nine from fifty two tries says the whole thing approximately wherein these two teams have found themselves over a lot of the past decade.
Scotland's most successful - a term used loosely - player is hooker Ross Ford, who has gained 8 of his forty seven Six countries video games. 5 of the starting Scots and five of their Italian counterparts have never experienced victory within the match.
Jonny grey may be a Lion in the making however he has lost all 8 of his Six nations outings. the two No 9s, Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw and Edoardo Gori, key men nowadays, tot up seven wins from a joint tally of 44 video games.
comparison - Luciano Ruocco
In assessment, the 2 captains at Twickenham these days have again 29 wins in 48 video games for Rory excellent and 27 in 37 for Dylan Hartley.
This is the Six international locations 2d department, and each facets are desperate to win this annual wooden spoon decider. "we're each inside the same position," said Scotland prop Moray Low.
The desperation is topped up with out a little frustration as both agree with, with a few justification, they are improving.
Italy - Blackpool Gazette
Italy should have won in France on day one, Scotland can point to their world Cup marketing campaign, one horrific call from achieving the last four.
The harm to Carlo Canna is a remarkable blow to the home side's chances. His substitute Kelly Haimona is extra confined and Scotland have an side behind the scrum.
Scotland's last Six nations win came in Rome, through a final-minute drop purpose two years ago. Italy's closing in the Six international locations become at Murrayfield ultimate year, through a ultimate-minute penalty try.
"we're anticipating it coming down to 3 factors and more than one performs at the cease of the sport," said Scotland train Vern Cotter, who has shuffled his bench with that in thoughts - consequently the skilled Low's recall after a couple of years on the fringes. (© impartial information provider)
Italy - D Odiete; L Sarto, M Campagnaro, G Garcia, M Bellini; k Haimona, E Gori; A Lovotti, L Ghiraldini, L Cittadini; Ma Fuser, J Furno; F Minto, A Zanni, S Parisse. Reps: D Giazzon, M Zanusso, M Castrogiovanni, V Bernabo, A Van Schalkwyk, G Palazzani, E Padovani, A Pratichetti.
Scotland - S Hogg; T Seymour, M Bennett, D Taylor, T Visser; F Russell, G Laidlaw (capt); A Dickinson, R Ford, WP Nel, R grey, J gray, J Barclay, J Hardie, D Denton. Reps: S McInally, R Sutherland, M Low, T Swinson, R Wilson, S Hidalgo-Clyne, P Horne, S Lamont.