Italy change five for Canada

Date published: June 23 2016

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Italy head coach Conor O'Shea has made five changes, including a positional switch, to his starting XV for Sunday's Test against Canada in Toronto.

In the back-line, there are four changes with David Odiete moving from the left wing to take over from Luke McLean at full-back and Giovanbattista Venditti coming in to wear the number 11 jersey.

Meanwhile, Angelo Esposito replaces Leonardo Sarto on the right wing with Tommaso Boni preferred to Tommaso Castello at inside centre and Tommaso Allan takes over from Carlo Canna at fly-half.

The final change is in the forwards where Maxime Mbanda’ replaces Robert Barbieri on the blindside flank.

Italy: 15 David Odiete, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Tommaso Boni, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Edoardo Gori (c), 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Maxime Mbanda’, 5 Marco Fuser, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Ornel Gega, 1 Andrea Lovotti 
Replacements: 16 Tommaso D’Apice, 17 Sami Panico, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 Sebastian Negri Da Oleggio, 20 Jacopo Sarto, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Carlo Canna, 23 Giulio Bisegni

Date: Sunday, June 26
Venue: BMO Field, Toronto
Kick-off: 12:00 local (16:00 GMT)
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Assistant Referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Kurt Weaver (USA)

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