The Dark Blues’ faint title hopes were extinguished with defeat to Ireland last week but they will be keen to propel themselves up the table with victory against the tournament’s whipping boys after wins against France and England.Wing Tommy Seymour returns from injury to replace Blair Kinghorn in Rome on Saturday, while centre Nick Grigg makes his first championship start as he takes the place of Pete Horne, whose blunder put Ireland on their way to victory in Dublin.Townsend has made three further changes to the pack, with hooker Fraser Brown, prop Willem Nel and lock Tim Swinson all promoted from the bench in place of Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan and Grant Gilchrist.Lock Richie Gray and prop Zander Fagerson could also make their first appearances of the campaign, having shrugged off injuries to be named among the substitutes.”There were a number of positives in how we took the game to Ireland in attack and defence but this didn’t lead to us scoring enough points to win the game,” said Townsend.”We’ve been pleased with how the players have responded to last week’s disappointment, with the energy they have brought to training and a determination to improve our performance in our final match.””Playing Italy will be a very tough game — it always has been for any Scotland side,” he added. “We are ready for the challenge and have an experienced group of players working hard to finish our campaign with a positive performance and result.”
Brazilian Grand PrixCharles Leclercformula onemax verstappen First Published: November 17, 2019, 2:01 PM IST Sao Paulo: Charles Leclerc blamed himself and apologised to Ferrari on Saturday after qualifying fourth on the grid for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.The Monegasque driver, who is set to take a 10-place penalty after taking a new engine, said he had made a mistake during his best lap, which had cost him three-tenths of a second, and wrecked his hopes of taking pole. “I don’t think pole position was out of reach today,” said Leclerc. “But I am very disappointed with myself as I made a mistake which cost me three-tenths.”I didn’t do the job in the car so ‘sorry to the team’, but with my grid penalty it was always going to be very tough.”So, I will be in full-on attack mode tomorrow. I enjoy the first from the back and I will really try to ensure I do a good job for the team.”Red Bull’s Max Verstappen claimed his second career pole for Red Bull and will start ahead of Leclerc’s team-mate four-time champion Sebastian Vettel on the front row.Vettel said: “I had a bit a wobble in the exit of the last corner of my first run, but I think Max improved his time so fair play. It’s his pole.”I am happy with the front row and look forward to see what we can do tomorrow in the race.”We got better and better through this qualifying, which was the target and we were improving so we will see how it plays out.”Red Bull and Mercedes look stronger in managing the tyres, but we have the speed and the power. I am cautiously optimistic – and it should be a good race.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.