Mallett shakes up Azzurri line-up
August 18, 2011
The Six Nations' Player of the Championship - Andrea Masi - will be back in action against the Scots at Murrayfield © Getty Images
Italy coach Nick Mallett has made 11 changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Scotland at Murrayfield.
Captain and No.8 Sergio Parisse, centre Tommaso Benvenuti, hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini and prop Andrea Lo Cicero are the only players to have survived following last weekend's major scare against Japan in Casena where the hosts were made to scrap for a 31-24 victory.
Andrea Masi returns at fullback having not featured since leaving the field after only half an hour of the Six Nations clash between the sides in Edinburgh five months ago. Mirco Bergamasco is also back on the left wing after missing the weekend game in which Japan recovered from going 14-0 down to lead 17-14 at half-time before Italy eventually prevailed by four tries to three.
Italy: A Masi (MPS Aironi); T Benvenuti (Benetton Treviso), G Canale (Clermont-Auvergne), Gonzalo Garcia (Benetton Treviso), Mirco Bergamasco (Racing-Metro Paris); L Orquera (MPS Aironi), F Semenzato (Benetton Treviso); A Lo Cicero (Racing-Metro Paris), L Ghiraldini (Benetton Treviso), M Castrogiovanni (Leicester), CA Del Fava (MPS Aironi), C Van Zyl (Benetton Treviso), P Derbyshire (Benetton Treviso), R Barbieri (Benetton Treviso), S Parisse (Stade Francais, capt).
Replacements: T D'Apice (MPS Aironi), L Cittadini (Benetton Treviso), M Bortolami (MPS Aironi), A Zanni (Benetton Treviso), P Canavosio (Cammi Calvisano), R Bocchino (Estra I Cavalieri Prato), M Pratichetti (MPS Aironi).
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