Perugini bolsters Italian front-row
November 25, 2010
Italy prop Salvatore Perugini returns against Fiji © Getty Images
Italy boss Nick Mallett has made three changes to his side to face Fiji in Modena on Saturday, restoring Salvatore Perugini to a powerful front-row.
Italy will doubtless want to put the squeeze on up front against a Fijian side that has shipped penalty tries in their last two Tests, a loss to France and draw with Wales, while Robert Barbieri has been drafted into the back-row after a try-scoring cameo against Australia last weekend.
The third change comes on the wing, where the experienced Andrea Masi takes over from Tommaso Benvenuti.
Youngster Edoardo Gori continues at scrum-half after making his debut last week while the continued absence of Craig Gower means another chance for Brive's Luciano Orqera in the No.10 jersey.
Italy: L McLean (Benetton Treviso); A Masi (Racing Metro), G Canale (Clermont Auvergne), A Sgarbi (Benetton Treviso), M Bergamasco (Racing Metro), L Orquera (Brive), E Gori (Benetton Treviso), S Perugini (Aironi), F Ongaro (Aironi), M Castrogiovanni (Leicester), C del Fava (Aironi), Q Geldenhuys (Aironi), A Zanni (Benetton Treviso), R Barbieri (Benetton Treviso), S Parisse (Stade Francais, capt)
Replacements: C Festuccia (Racing Metro), A Lo Cicero (Racing Metro), S Dellape (Racing Metro), P Derbyshire (Benetton Treviso), P Canavosio (Aironi), R Bocchino (Aironi), T Benvenuti (Benetton Treviso)
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