Castrogiovanni to return

Last Updated: 16/08/07 6:22pm

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Castrogiovanni: Knee injury

Castrogiovanni: Knee injury

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Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni will return to action for Italy in Saturday's World Cup warm-up with Japan after a six-month injury-lay-off.

Castrogiovanni has been sidelined because of a knee injury but will play in the front row at Saint Vincent alongside captain Marco Bortolami, who has shrugged off a knock.

Italy play Ireland in their final warm-up on August 24 before starting their World Cup campaign against New Zealand on September 8.

Italy: 15-David Bortolussi; 14-Kaine Robertson, 13-Gonzalo Canale, 12-Mirco Bergamasco, 11-Marko Stanojevic; 10-Ramiro Pez, 9-Alessandro Troncon; 8-Sergio Parisse, 7-Mauro Bergamasco, 6-Alessandro Zanni, 5-Marco Bortolami, 4-Santiago Dellape, 3-Martin Castrogiovanni, 2-Carlo Festuccia, 1-Andrea Lo Cicero.

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