Italy flanker Aaron Persico believes that a victory over Scotland could have a great effect on the development of rugby in the country.
The Azzurri travel to Murrayfield hoping to pick up their first win on foreign soil in the RBS 6 Nations and Persico, who anticipates a physical encounter against the Scots, is under no illusions as to the impact this landmark would make.
"The Scottish have a great scrum and Saturday will be an 80-minute battle," he told www.federugby.it.
"We have to win this game for us but also for the future of Italian rugby.
"The development of the Italian rugby movement depends on our results and if we get the first away win in the RBS 6 Nations it could be the first step for a great future."
The 26-year-old is the only Italy player to have been involved in all his country's Six Nations matches with Scotland.
He made his debut when Italy beat Scotland in their inaugural Six Nations match at the Stadio Flaminio in 2000 and hopes to quieten the Murrayfield crowd with a passionate team display.
Persico continued: "We have to go onto the pitch with confidence and aggression. We will play in a stadium full of Scottish fans, and I'm sure they will do everything to win the game.
"But we will go to do the same, playing with a great heart and love for our jersey."
The New Zealand-born Agen player added: "Even if I was born far away from this country I'm 100 per cent Italian."
England flanker James Haskell insists he will be pushing as hard as possible to be back from a toe injury in time to make his case for a spot in Eddie Jones' side looking to defend their RBS 6 Nations title next year.