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Evans aims to finish on a high

Max Evans hopes to show further glimpses of his talent in a winning cause when Scotland take on Italy in the RBS 6 Nations on Saturday.

After four losses from four games, Scotland must win the match to avoid the wooden spoon and head coach Andy Robinson made one change to the starting line-up from the 22-16 loss to England, with Geoff Cross called in at tighthead prop.

"We've got to take the positive from the England game, our defence, and take that into the Italy game," said Evans. "Then we can look to wear them down with our attack as well."

Evans' late try - when he collected his own clever chip to touch down - set up a tense finale at Twickenham, but Scotland ultimately remained winless in west London since 1983.

"I like to think that flair is what I can bring to a game," he added.

Evans also appreciates Italy, who defeated France last weekend, pose a formidable challenge to Scotland's bid to avoid a first wooden spoon since 2007.

"It's not just because of the French game, they'll be tough, no matter what," he said. "They were unlucky not to win some of their other games in the tournament. They've really threatened in every game and they were always going to be a tough opponent."

Evans will move to Castres after this autumn's World Cup and he is excited by his switch to the continent.

He said: "I'm really looking forward to it. It's a great opportunity for my rugby. It's a different culture completely. I'll have to start working on my French fairly sharpish.

"I love playing rugby, it doesn't matter where it is, but it will be exciting - a new place and a new challenge."


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