Worcester Warriors fly-half Duncan Weir will make his first Scotland start since 2016 in their Autumn Nations Cup opener against Italy in Florence on Saturday.

Head coach Gregor Townsend has recalled the 29-year-old former Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby half-back due to injuries to Finn Russell and Adam Hastings.

Weir, who has kicked 48 points for Worcester in five European Rugby Challenge Cup appearances in the past two seasons, will win his 29th cap.

Meanwhile, Ospreys flanker Justin Tipuric has been brought back by Wales head coach Wayne Pivac for their opening Autumn Nations Cup match against Ireland on Friday evening in Dublin.

The 31-year-old double British and Irish Lion, who has made 46 European appearances for the Welsh region in 10 seasons, has recovered from tonsillitis and so will win his 78th cap.

He joins Ospreys team-mates Alun Wyn Jones, the Wales captain who will be extending his Test appearance record to 150, and centre Owen Watkin in the Wales XV.

European Rugby Challenge Cup rivals Cardiff Blues also have three players in Pivac’s side in prop Rhys Carre, flanker Shane Lewis-Hughes and wing Josh Adams.