Italy coach Jacques Bruel changes seven for Twickenham clash
Last Updated: March 10, 2013 2:47pm
Jacques Brunel: Makes seven changes to team for Twickenham
Italy have made seven changes to their team for Sunday's clash with England at Twickenham with Luciano Orquera restored to No 10 and Sergio Parisse back as captain.
Orquera was the star of Italy's stunning opening victory over France but after a poor display at Murrayfield he was dropped for their last match against Wales.
He returns to the starting line-up in place of Kris Burton with Parisse, as expected, back to lead the Azzurri after having a ban picked up on Stade Francais duty reduced on appeal.
The pack has been given a serious shake-up by coach Jacques Brunel. Another change in the back-row sees fit-again Robert Barbieri start at openside in place of Simon Favaro. And there are two new locks with Australia-born Joshua Furno and Quintin Geldenhuys displacing Francesco Minto and Antonio Pavanello.
In the front row veteran prop Andrea Lo Cicero drops to the bench with Alberto De Marchi coming in.
There is a change in midfield with Gonzalo Garcia coming in at inside centre, with Gonzalo Canale moving to outside centre in place of Tommaso Venditti who drops to the bench.
Italy: 15-A Masi, 14-G Venditti, 13-G Canale, 12-G Garcia, 11-L McLean, 10-L Orquera, 9-E Gori, 1-Alberto De Marchi, 2-L Ghiraldini, 3-Martin Castrogiovanni, 4-Q Geldenhuys, 5-J Furno, 6-Alessandro Zanni, 7-R Barbieri, S Parisse
Replacements: 16-D Giazzon, 17-A Lo Cicero, 18-L Cittadini, 19-A Pavanello, 20-F Minto, 21-S Favaro, 22-T Botes, 23-T Benvenuti