Toolis and Watson named in Scotland 23

Lock Ben Toolis and flanker Hamish Watson - both of whom extended their contracts with Edinburgh Rugby recently - have been named on the bench for Scotland against Italy on Saturday in The RBS 6 Nations.

The duo - the only two uncapped players in the 23 - join fellow club players scrum half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, full back Greig Tonks and centre Matt Scott on the bench, with prop Alasdair Dickinson and hooker Ross Ford in the starting XV.

Of the two latest Edinburgh players to be named, Scotland head coach Vern Cotter said: "They [Ben Toolis and Hamish Watson] are both very good footballers. They’ve always got their nose close to the ball, whether it’s in attack or defence. They’re both very mobile and athletic and they will provide intensity with those qualities. 

"It’ll be their first game at BT Murrayfield and they’ll give everything they can. They’ll take a lot of energy from the crowd, which will be very important to us once again because it’s going to be a tough afternoon against a good team."

After having shown signs of delayed concussion following the match against Wales, Hidalgo-Clyne has completed his graduated return to play protocol to retain his place in the squad, and could potentially win a third cap while Tonks could also add to the cap he won in summer 2013 against Samoa. Matt Scott also returns to the mix after injury kept him out of contention for the November internationals.

There are still tickets available for Saturday's match at BT Murrayfield (kick-off 2.30pm).