Vunisa starts in only Italy change

Date published: November 20 2014

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Samuela Vunisa will make his Test debut for Italy after Jacques Brunel made one change to his team for the clash with South Africa.

Samuela Vunisa will make his Test debut for Italy after Jacques Brunel made just one change to his team for the clash with South Africa.

The Fijian-born flanker comes into the side in place of Simone Favaro, and will join skipper Sergio Parisse and Alessandro Zanni in the back row.

Vunisa was called up to the squad for the November Tests after impressing for club side Zebre in the Pro12.

That is the only change to the squad from Brunel, with the remaining 22 staying the same after the narrow 20-18 loss to Argentina.

Kelly Haimona continues at fly-half, forming a half-back partnership with Edoardo Gori, while Luca Morisi and Michele Campagnaro continue in the centres.

Martin Castrogiovanni will start as part of an experienced front row alongside Leonardo Ghiraldini and Matias Aguero as Italy look for a first-ever win over the Springboks.

Italy: 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Luke McLean, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Kelly Haimona, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Samuela Vunisa, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Joshua Furno, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Matias Aguero.
Replacements: 16 Andrea Manici, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Dario Chistolini, 19 Marco Bortolami, 20 Francesco Minto, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Luciano Orquera, 23 Giulio Toniolatti.

Date: Saturday, November 22
Venue: Stadio Euganeo, Padua
Kickoff: 15:00 local (14:00 GMT)
Referee: J

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