O'Shea makes four changes for Scotland finale

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:58
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Italy coach Conor O'Shea made four changes to his side from last weekend's Six Nations defeat to France for Saturday's final match of the tournament against Scotland.

Italy are guaranteed the wooden spoon after losing all four of their matches and travel to Murrayfield bidding to avoid a second straight pointless campaign.

Centre Michele Campagnaro is recovering from a shoulder injury and replaced by Tommaso Benvenuti.

Maxime Mbanda starts in the third row ahead of Simone Favaro, as in last month's 15-36 defeat to England, while in the second row Dries Van Schalkwyk cedes his place to George Biagi.

Ornel Gega will occupy the post of hooker with Leonardo Ghiraldini starting on the bench.

Italy team for the final Six Nations match away to Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday (1230 GMT):

Italy: 15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luke McLean, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Abraham Steyn, 6 Maxime Mbanda, 5 George Biagi, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Ornel Gega, 1 Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Sami Panico, 18 Dario Chistolini, 19 Dries Van Schalkwyk, 20 Federico Ruzza, 21 Francesco Minto, 22 Marcello Violi, 23 Luca Sperandio.

Date: Saturday, March 18
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 12.30 (12.30 GMT; 13.00 CET)
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Luke Pearce (England)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

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