Italy change two for Wales date
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Conor O’Shea has made two changes for Italy as Edoardo Padovani comes into the backline and Nicola Quaglio into the front row for their Six Nations clash with Wales on Saturday.
Padovani, who scored a try off the bench in the second half against Scotland, comes onto the right wing while Michele Campagnaro shifts back inside to his preferred position in the centres.
That means that Tommaso Castello drops out of the matchday 23 while up front Andrea Lovotti has the flu and is replaced at loosehead prop by Quaglio.
Quaglio joins Simone Ferrari and Leonardo Ghiraldini in the front row while Dean Budd and David Sisi remain in the second row.
Sergio Parisse captains again from No.8 with Abraham Steyn and Sebastian Negri either side.
Guglielmo Palazzani – also a try-scorer last weekend in Edinburgh – remains at No.9 with Tito Tebaldi’s back still posing a problem.
Tommaso Allan remains at No.10 with Campagnaro and Luca Morisi in midfield and Padovani joining Jayden Hayward and Angelo Esposito in the back three.
Elsewhere, Edoardo Gori comes onto the bench as scrum-half cover while Marco Barbini is another new replacement for the front row.
Italy: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Edoardo Padovani, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Angelo Esposito, 10 Tommaso Allan,9 Guglielmo Palazzani, 8 Sergio Parisse (Captain), 7 Abraham Jurgens Steyn, 6 Sebastian Negri, 5 Dean Budd, 4 David Sisi, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Nicola Quaglio.
Replacement: 16 Luca Bigi, 17 Cherif Traore, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Federico Ruzza, 20 Marco Barbini, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Ian McKinley, 23 Tommaso Benvenuti
Date: Saturday, February 9
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Kick-off: 17.45 (16.45 UK & Ireland time; 16.45 GMT)
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
TMO: David Grashoff (England)
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