Italy change five for Wales

Date published: March 18 2016

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Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has made five changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Wales in Cardiff.

In the pack, Brunel, who will be in charge of his final match with the Azzurri, has brought in veteran prop Martin Castrogiovanni for Lorenzo Cittadini, who is injured, while locks Valerio Bernaboso and Quintin Geldenhuys replace the injured George Biagi and Marco Fuser, who is ruled out with flu.

In the back-line, Tommaso Allan is preferred to Eduardo Padovani at fly-half while Andrea Pratichetti takes over from the injured Michele Campagnaro at outside centre.

Italy: 15 David Odiete, 14 Mattia Bellini, 13 Andrea Pratichetti, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Leonardo Sarto; 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Guglielmo Palazzani, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Valerio Bernabo, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Davide Giazzon, 1 Andrea Lovotti
Replacements: 16 Oliviero Fabiani, 17 Matteo Zanusso, 18 Dario Chistolini, 19 Jacopo Sarto, 20 Abraham Steyn, 21 Alberto Lucchese, 22 Kelly Haimona, 23 Luke McLean

Date: Saturday, March 19
Venue: Millennium Stadium
Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant Referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

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