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Simone Favaro has returned to Italy's starting line-up for the visit of Ireland

Last Updated: 14/03/13 6:32pm

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Simone Favaro: Recalled by the Azzurri

Simone Favaro: Recalled by the Azzurri

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Openside flanker Simone Favaro has returned to the starting line-up in one of three changes for Italy's final Six Nations Championship match against Ireland in Rome's Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

Coach Jacques Brunel also brought in Lorenzo Cittadini in place of injured Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni and loosehead Andrea Lo Cicero will collect a record 103rd cap after replacing Alberto De Marchi.

Italy, who lost 18-11 to England at Twickenham on Sunday, are fifth in the table and hope to both avoid the wooden spoon by beating fourth-placed Ireland for the first time in the tournament.

Favaro takes the place of Robert Barbieri, who picked up a knock in south-west London, and Castrogiovanni is still recovering from the muscle strain which forced him off during the England game.

Italy: Masi, Venditti, Canale, Garcia, McLean, Orquera, Gori, Lo Cicero, Ghiraldini, Cittadini, Geldenhuys, Furno, Zanni, Favaro, Parisse.

Replacements: Giazzon, Rizzo, De Marchi, Pavanello, Minto, Derbyshire, Botes, Benvenuti.

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