PA Sport - Tue, 09 Mar 12:38:00 2010
The 26-year-old Edinburgh star will play at outside centre in the only personnel change to the side beaten in
Max Evans moves to the wing, with Simon Danielli dropping to the bench.
De Luca, who will win his 16th cap this weekend, has not started for Scotland since the victory over
Captain Chris Cusiter has shaken off a virus and flanker John Barclay has recovered from a knee injury to start.
But injuries have forced changes on the bench, with Mike Blair, Alasdair Strokosch and Alasdair Dickinson all ruled out.
Edinburgh scrum-half Blair and Gloucester prop Dickinson both suffered concussion playing for their clubs on Sunday, while Strokosch suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury.
That means substitute roles for Rory Lawson, Geoff Cross and Alan MacDonald.
"The team has played some good rugby and we have been creating chances. We just need to take that next step and finish off a game," said head coach Andy Robinson, who has lost all three of his Six Nations matches in charge.
Team: 15-Hugo Southwell, 14-Sean Lamont, 13-Nick De Luca, 12-Graeme Morrison, 11-Max Evans, 10-Dan Parks, 9-Chris Cusiter (captain), 8-Johnnie Beattie, 7-John Barclay, 6-Kelly Brown, 5-Alastair Kellock, 4-Jim Hamilton, 3-Euan Murray, 2-Ross Ford, 1-Allan Jacobsen.
Replacements: 16-Scott Lawson, 17-Geoff Cross, 18-Nathan Hines, 19-Alan MacDonald, 20-Rory Lawson, 21-Phil Godman, 22-Simon Danielli.