Head coach Vern Cotter today has added five previously capped players to Scotland's RBS 6 Nations squad, five days out from the clash with Italy this Saturday at Murrayfield.

Scrum-half Chris Cusiter and prop Moray Low have been called up from English Premiership clubs Sale Sharks and Exeter Chiefs, along with Glasgow Warriors duo Adam Ashe (number 8) and Alex Allan (prop), and Edinburgh Rugby number 8 David Denton.

Cusiter (knee) and Ashe (neck) were absent from Cotter's initial squad selection due to injury, but have recovered to earn the recall, while Denton has recovered from the calf tear sustained in the national team's pre-Championship camp in Glasgow last month.

Low and Allan are direct replacements for Glasgow Warriors pair Jon Welsh (hand) and Gordon Reid (knee), who were injured in the previous match against Wales on Sunday 15 February.

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