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Italy can beat Wales: Brunel

Italy will go into today's Six Nations clash against Wales with coach Jacques Brunel insisting the Azzurri are not a one-man team.

But it remains to be seen whether Italy can overcome the loss of captain Sergio Parisse.

The Stade Francais No 8 was sent off playing for his club against Bordeaux-Begles last weekend, and received a 40-day ban.

Parisse is set to appeal that punishment. But as things stand he is sidelined until March 18, ruling him out of Six Nations games with Wales, England and Ireland.

Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni has been handed leadership duties today, with Fiji-born Treviso No 8 Manoa Vosawai taking Parisse's back-row place.

"We have to look at this game against Wales with ambition," Brunel said. "I think we can win it despite the absence of Parisse."