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Ford keen to get up and running

Ross Ford will lead Scotland into Rome's Stadio Olimpico on Saturday seeking a first victory as captain and hoping to avoid the ignominy of the RBS 6 Nations wooden spoon.

After colossal displays as part of sterling efforts, albeit in defeat, against England, Wales and France, Ford and his team performed below their best in last Saturday's 32-14 loss to Ireland.

Edinburgh hooker Ford admitted the captaincy has been far from plain sailing thus far, but he and the squad are determined to right the wrongs of the campaign against Italy this weekend. Ford said: "It's not ideal, but I've got a lot of experienced boys around me and the squad are tight."

He added: "We know results aren't ideal and we're not in the position we wanted to be, but this is the last game of this championship so we've got to make sure all the hard work we've put in over the past eight weeks comes to something on Saturday.

"We've had opportunities when we could've won two out of the four games, but as it is we're going to Rome and we need to get this win.

"It's all in our hands. We've got the game to beat Italy."

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