Scots Warm Up In Italy

Head coach Vern Cotter admits there is pressure on Scotland after six straight defeats but says dwelling on those results only brings more strain.

Following a Six Nations whitewash, Scotland lost the first of four World Cup warm-ups to Ireland last weekend.

Italy are next up on Saturday, with Cotter making 11 changes to his starting line-up.

“Everyone is aware of results but added pressure on the team will only stop it performing,” said Cotter.

“We are focusing on the content of our rugby and if we can look after that, put in a good performance and do things well, the results will look after themselves.

“There were some promising things last week and the content is important.

“It’s not a competition yet. These are games that are there to help us prepare for the World Cup.

“This weekend there will be things that are very good and things that aren’t. Our combinations are changing but we are looking to get a cohesive performance from the players.”