Italy eye rare home success
February 22, 2010
Simon Danielli punished Italy at Murrayfield in 2009 © Getty Images
Mauro Bergamasco Mirco Bergamasco Diego Dominguez Massimo Giovanelli Brendan Laney Kenny Logan Andrea Lo Cicero Vaina Luca Martin Scott Murray Chris Paterson Simon Taylor Alessandro Troncon
Italy missed out on a hat-trick of victories over Scotland last season and will be keen to notch their first Six Nations triumph since 2008 at the Stadio Flaminio on Saturday.
The nations meet for the 16th time since 1996 in a major Test and it is the 10th time they have met in the Six Nations since 2000, when they launched the current version of the tournament. Scotland head the overall series by 10 wins to five.
Scotland hold the record for the highest score, the biggest winning margin and highest try-return of the series. They won 47-15 and scored six tries at Murrayfield when the sides met in a World Cup warm-up match in August 2003.
Italy's best result is their 37-17 Six Nations win at Murrayfield in 2007, when they scored four tries.
Logan also heads the list of try scorers for the overall series, crossing four times in six appearances between 1996 and 2003. Five Italians, including the Bergamasco brothers, have scored two tries in the matches.
The other major records for the fixture include Chris Paterson's overall tally of 107 points from 11 appearances (compared with 94 for Italy by Diego Dominguez), and Scott Murray's 11 appearances (1998 to 2007) in the series. Paterson and Simon Taylor have also played 11 times.
The only player dismissed during a Scotland-Italy match was Massimo Giovanelli at Murrayfield in 1999.
Scotland-Italy Six Nations results:
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"It is a sign of how far this England team have come that they looked disappointed at the full-time whistle having just put 52 points on Italy." Tom Hamilton writes
We bring together a selection of the best pictures from the final round of the Six Nations and one which ended in Irish victory
"Some people have it from day one and Brian did." Tom Hamilton talks to the two players who made their Ireland debuts alongside Brian O'Driscoll back in June 1999