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Rugby, Six Nations 2022: Scotland in an X-ray. Is it the ‘right’ opponent to break the taboo of defeats?


The fourth round of the Guinness Six Nations 2022 is held this weekend and Italy returns to the field at the Olimpico in Rome to face Scotland . And the Azzurri are on the hunt for that victory that has been missing since 2015 and which is missing from the match in Edinburgh against the Scots. Will this be the right match to return to success and stop an endless losing streak?

On paper, Scotland is the first “affordable” opponent for the Azzurri who, up to now, have faced France, England and Ireland, that is, the three candidates for the title this year. But we must not underestimate a growing team , which was able to beat England on their debut and which for over a decade have become one of the most difficult teams to beat. Just since our Massimo Cuttitta took over the British scrum , making it one of the best in the world, and the Cuttitta Cup is dedicated to Mouse which will be up for grabs on Saturday, after the former blue prop died almost a year it’s for Covid.

There are many players to keep an eye on among the Scots . Starting from the opening Finn Russell , genius and recklessness that can win games, but also have very long empty passes that drive Townsend crazy. Then there are the scrum-half Ali Price , one of the most concrete number 9 in the world, captain Stuart Hogg , very dangerous both ball in hand and foot from the extreme position, while in the meeting points it is necessary to be careful of the hands of Rory Darge , one of the best in stealing the oval from the opponents.

SCOTLAND – called up

Forward: Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks), Josh Bayliss (Bath), Simon Bergahn (Glasgow Warriors), Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh), Andy Christie (Saracens), Allan Dell (London Irish), Rory Darge (Glasgow Warriors), Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Jonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs), Jamie Hodgson (Edinburgh), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh), Kiran McDonald (Glasgow Warriors), WP Nel (Edinburgh), Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh), Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs), George Turner (Glasgow Warriors), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh), Glen Young (Edinburgh)
Backs: Mark Bennett (Edinburgh), Darcy Graham (Edinburgh), Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby), Adam Hastings (Gloucester Rugby), Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs), Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints), Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh), James Lang (Edinburgh), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors), Kyle Rowe (London Irish), Finn Russell (Racing 92), Kyle Steyn (Glasgow Warriors), Ross Thompson (Glasgow Warriors), Sione Tuipulotu (Glasgow Warriors), Duhan van der Merwe (Worcester Warriors), Ben Vellacott (Edinburgh), Ben White (London Irish)