Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson insists handing rookie back-row forward Robert Harley his Murrayfield debut was an easy choice.
The Glasgow youngster is one of two changes made to the Dark Blues' line-up for this week's Six Nations clash with Italy.
The 22-year-old replaces team-mate Alasdair Strokosch, who will visit specialists to have the extent of an eye-socket injury assessed, while Ross Ford comes in for Dougie Hall after he limped off during Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash against England at Twickenham with a knee knock.
And Johnson claims the impressive displays of Harley in the RaboDirect Pro12 this season made his inclusion simple.
"Rob's form has been superb. He was bordering on selection initially. His form at Glasgow was great.
"He's got a great work ethic and the right to be angry being a red head. The fact is we need some contact dominance and he provides that.”
Johnson will demand a massive improvement from his team following their 38-18 defeat to England, especially as Italy will be buoyant after their shock victory over France.
The Aussie was outspoken in the criticism of his side in the wake of defeat at Twickenham, and he insists they are capable of far more.
"I don't think it was strongly-worded, I think it was just honest<” he added. “I don't want us to delude ourselves. We are where we are.
"We need to be good, just look at Italy's form, they were terrific. They did really well against a great team like France.
"But we are not deluding ourselves. We want better effort. The game, once again, will be based in the contact area and my thoughts after the game against England haven't changed to now.
"We know what the issue is and we are deluding ourselves if we say it is anything else. We just need to get better at it and I'm sure we will."
Scotland team to play Italy:
S Hogg (Glasgow Warriors); S Maitland (Glasgow Warriors), S Lamont (Glasgow Warriors), M Scott (Edinburgh Rugby) T Visser (Edinburgh Rugby); R Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), G Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby); R Grant (Glasgow Warriors), R Ford (Edinburgh Rugby), E Murray (Worcester Warriors), R Gray (Sale Sharks), J Hamilton (Gloucester), R Harley (Glasgow Warriors), K Brown (captain, Saracens), J Beattie (Montpellier)
Replacements: D Hall (Glasgow Warriors) or Pat MacArthur (Glasgow Warriors), M Low (Glasgow Warriors), G Cross (Edinburgh Rugby), A Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), D Denton (Edinburgh Rugby), H Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors), D Weir (Glasgow Warriors), M Evans (Castres)