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Evans to miss Italy game

Scotland have been forced into a late change to their starting line-up for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations wooden spoon decider with Italy after wing Max Evans was ruled out due to an ankle injury.

Evans, who scored Scotland's only try in last Sunday's 22-16 loss to England at Twickenham, was named in the Scotland team on Wednesday, but his place will now be taken by Nikki Walker.

"Our medical team have worked tirelessly as ever but Max is not quite right for the rigours of a Test match," said Scotland head coach Andy Robinson.

"We wish him a speedy recovery. Nikki has been part of our squad throughout the championship and played in our last Murrayfield international against Ireland.

"This is a golden opportunity for him now to produce a special performance.

"We approach tomorrow with confidence and determined to give the Murrayfield crowd a lot to cheer about."

Walker's inclusion - coming straight into the starting XV - takes the number of changes to the Scotland team which started last weekend's match at Twickenham to two.

Geoff Cross was called up at tighthead prop in place of Moray Low, who dropped out of the 22 altogether, with Euan Murray named on the replacements' bench.

Number eight Kelly Brown, who was concussed against England, is fit to take his place in the team.


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