Italy name side to face All Blacks

Date published: November 8 2016

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Italy head coach Conor O'Shea has named his side that will take on New Zealand in their November international clash in Rome on Saturday.

Giorgio Bronzini will make his bow for the Azzurri after being named as starting scrum-half alongside fly-half Carlo Canna for the match.

Luke McLean and Tommaso Benvenuti are at centre while Angelo Esposito, Giulio Bisegni and Edoardo Padovani complete the backs.

Up front there are starts for Andrea Lovotti and Lorenzo Cittadini, with Leonardo Ghiraldini at hooker, Marco Fuser and Andries Van Schalkwyk as the second-rows while Maxime Mbanda, Simone Favaro and Sergio Parisse are the back-row trio, the latter continuing as captain.

Italy: 15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Giulio Bisegni, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luke McLean, 11 Angelo Esposito, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Giorgio Bronzini, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Maxime Mbanda, 5 Andries Van Schalkwyk, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Andrea Lovotti
Replacements: 16 Ornel Gega, 17 Sami Panico, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 George Biagi, 20 Francesco Minto, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Tommaso Allan, 23 Tommaso Boni

Date: Saturday, November 12
Venue: Stadio Olimpico
Kick-off: 15:00 local 14:00 GMT

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