WARRIORS' fly-half Duncan Weir will start for Scotland for the first time in four years this Saturday when they face Italy in Rome.

Weir has had limited action for the national side in the last few years but due to injuries to Finn Russell and Adam Hastings, the 29-year-old now gets his chance back on the international stage.

Scotland head coach, Gregor Townsend, stated last week that injuries to Russell and Hastings would mean Weir would more than likely get his chance and said the Warriors fly-half was in the form of his career.

“Dunky is playing the best rugby of his career." Townsend told The Scotsman.

“I’ve worked with him for a long time and it has been really encouraging to see how well he has played pre-and post-lockdown.

"There is a calmness about the way he plays.

“He is so passionate about playing for Scotland.

"He will work hard and defend well, so this could be a big opportunity for him with those two injuries.

"I'm sure he’ll be doing all he can to grab it.”

Weir echoed his coaches' comments.

“I’m hugely passionate to play for my country,” he added.

“It’s been a rollercoaster ride the last three years, between my last cap and this one. It’s been a big journey, but I’d do it all again.”