Tim Visser is the only change to Scotland’s starting line-up to face Italy this Saturday
Edinburgh loosehead Rory Sutherland is primed for his international debut from the bench
Scotland have made just one change for Saturday’s match against Italy in Rome with Tim Visser replacing Sean Lamont in their back line.
Lamont drops to the bench where he is joined by Moray Low, Ryan Wilson, Peter Horne and Rory Sutherland who will make his debut if given the nod.
Uncapped prop Rory Sutherland is on the bench, as are Moray Low, Peter Horne and Ryan Wilson.
“Italy have shown they are a talented team, particularly in their performance away against France, but also against England,” said Cotter.
“They surprised both teams with their physicality, intensity and quality, all of which we will have to be ready for, and at least equal to, if we are to win in Rome this weekend.
“We have worked hard to improve our game and will stay true to the core values of this team, which is to work hard but stay calm; have belief in our systems, ourselves, and enjoy the opportunity.”
Scotland team: Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Mark Bennett (all Glasgow), Duncan Taylor (Saracens),Tim Visser (Harlequins); Finn Russell (Glasgow), Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester, capt); Al Dickinson, Ross Ford, Willem Nel (all Edinburgh); Richie Gray (Castres); Jonny Gray (Glasgow); John Barclay (Scarlets), John Hardie (Edinburgh), Dave Denton (Bath).
Replacements: Stuart McInally, Rory Sutherland (both Edinburgh), Moray Low (Exeter), Tim Swinson, Ryan Wilson (both Glasgow), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh), Peter Horne, Sean Lamont (both Glasgow).