Mallett rings the changes
March 16, 2011
Kris Burton returns at fly-half for Italy © Getty Images
Italy coach Nick Mallett has rung the changes for his side's Six Nations clash with Scotland on Saturday despite their heroic victory over France.
The former Stade Francais coach has made six alterations to his matchday squad for the Murrayfield clash, with avoiding the wooden spoon still a concern despite last weekend's 22-21 win over Les Bleus.
Among the backs, Benetton Treviso's Alberto Sgarbi replaces Gonzalo Garcia at inside-centre while his domestic team-mate Kris Burton takes Luciano Orquera's place at fly-half.
Flanker Paul Derbyshire will earn his first Six Nations start, replacing the impressive Robert Barbieri at openside.
Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni is the only player retained in the front-row, with Leonardo Ghiraldini and Salvatore Perugini returning at hooker and loose-head respectively. Lock Quintin Geldenhuys also starts after being relegated to the replacements bench last time out.
Italy: A Masi (Racing Metro); T Benvenuti (Treviso), G Canale (Clermont Auvergne), A Sgarbi (Treviso), Mirco Bergamasco (Stade Francais); K Burton (Treviso), F Semenzato (Treviso); S Perugini (Aironi), L Ghiraldini (Treviso), M Castrogiovanni (Leicester), C Del Fava (Aironi), Q Geldenhuys (Aironi), A Zanni (Treviso), P Derbyshire (Treviso), S Parisse (Stade Francais).
Replacements: C Festuccia (Racing Metro), A Lo Cicero (Racing Metro), V Bernabo (Treviso), R Barbieri (Treviso), P Canavosio (Aironi), L Orquera (Brive), L McLean (Treviso)
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