Scots turn to SAS for help against Italy

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After a run of six defeats, including four blanks in the Six Nations championship, Scotland's head coach Andy Robinson has called in the SAS before the wooden spoon decider against Italy in Rome on Saturday.

Robinson has made one change to his starting personnel in the wake of his team's abject display in the 32-14 defeat against Ireland in Dublin, Nick de Luca coming in at outside centre, with Max Evans moving out to the right wing to fill the breach left by the injured Lee Jones. However, the head coach revealed: "We have brought in Floyd Woodrow to speak with the players. He was in the SAS and is a very good motivator.

"He has been with the squad for a few days and taken a session with the team. We talked about what we want to achieve. There are a lot of players who are angry, raging, and they need to channel that into the game. Everybody is frustrated about where we are. We have got to have a ruthless edge."

As to the question of his own future, Robinson said: "I am under contract until 2015. All I am thinking about is the next game."

Scotland S Hogg; M Evans, N De Luca, G Morrison, S Lamont; G Laidlaw, M Blair; A Jacobsen, R Ford (capt), G Cross, R Gray, J Hamilton, J Barclay, R Rennie, D Denton. Replacements S Lawson, E Murray, A Kellock, R Vernon, C Cusiter, R Jackson, J Cuthbert.