Parisse to captain Italy against England
March 8, 2013
Sergio Parisse returns from suspension to lead Italy against England at Twickenham © Getty Images
Italy have named a side showing seven changes for their Six Nations clash with England at Twickenham on Sunday.
Sergio Parisse returns from suspension at No.8 and reclaims the captaincy with Manoa Vosawai making way in one of five changes to the pack that started the 26-9 defeat to Wales last month. Roberto Barbieri starts at blindside ahead Alessandro Zanni while Quentin Geldenhuys and Joshua Furno form a new second row pairing with Antonio Pavanello and Francesco Minto dropping to the bench. In the final change up front, Alberto De Marchi is preferred to veteran Andrea Lo Cicero.
Luciano Orquera returns to the No.10 shirt with Kris Burton omitted while Gonzalo Garcia comes into the midfield with Gonzalo Canale moving to outside centre and Tommaso Benvenuti named among the replacement.
More to follow...
Italy: Andrea Masi; Giovanbattista Venditti, Gonzalo Canale, Gonzalo Garcia, Luke Mclean; Luciano Orquera, Edoardo Gori, Alberto De Marchi, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Martin Castrogiovanni, Quintin Geldenhuys, Joshua Furno, Alessandro Zanni, Robert Barbieri, Sergio Parisse (capt)
Replacements: Davide Giazzon, Andrea Lo Cicero, Lorenzo Cittadini, Antonio Pavanello, Francesco Minto, Simone Favaro, Tobias Botes, Tommaso Benvenuti
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