Wednesday 13 December 2017

Conor O'Shea sticks with 10 players from the side that stunned the Springboks for Wales clash

Conor O'Shea is preparing for his first Six Nations as Italy coach
Conor O'Shea is preparing for his first Six Nations as Italy coach Newsdesk Newsdesk

Italy have included 10 of the starting line-up that accounted for South Africa in November for Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Wales.

Edoardo Gori's return at scrum-half instead of Giorgio Bronzini represents a solitary change from the back division that started the Springboks clash in Florence.

And that means no place for in-form Exeter centre Michele Campagnaro, who is named on the bench by Azzurri boss Conor O'Shea, with Luke McLean and Tommaso Benvenuti continuing their midfield partnership.

Skipper Sergio Parisse, meanwhile, will win his 122nd cap, packing down in a back-row that also includes Six Nations debutant Maxime Mbanda.

Wales will head to Rome's Stadio Olimpico chasing an 11th successive victory against Italy.

Italy team versus Wales: E Padovani (Zebre); G Bisegni (Zebre), T Benvenuti (Treviso), L McLean (Treviso), G Venditti (Zebre); C Canna (Zebre), E Gori (Treviso); A Lovotti (Zebre), O Gega (Treviso), L Cittadini (Bayonne), M Fuser (Treviso), G Biagi (Zebre), A Steyn (Treviso), M Mbanda (Zebre), S Parisse (Stade Francais, capt).

Replacements: L Ghiraldini (Toulouse), S Panico (Calvisano), P Ceccarelli (Zebre), J Furno (Zebre), F Minto (Treviso), G Bronzini (Treviso), T Allan (Treviso), M Campagnaro (Exeter).

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