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Italy name side to face Wales

30th January 2014 14:14


SKY_MOBILE Sergio Parisse; Jacques Brunel - Italy - 22/1/14

Captain: Parisse

Italy have named their side that will take on Wales in the Six Nations Championship opener at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The side is missing Tomasso Benvenuti, which means there's an international debut for Treviso's Angelo Esposito in the number fourteen shirt.

Esposito is joined in the back-three by Luke McLean and wing Leonardo Sarto, with Michele Campagnaro alongside Alberto Sgarbi at centre.

Tommaso Allan lines up at number ten in a combination with Edoardo Gori while captain Sergio Parisse leads them from number eight.

Further forward, Quintin Geldenhuys partners Marco Bortolami in the second-row while Martin Castrogiovanni, Leonardo Ghiraldini and Michele Rizzo are up front for coach Jacques Brunel.

Italy: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Mauro Bergamasco, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Marco Bortolami, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Joshua Furno, 20 Francesco Minto, 21 Tobias Botes, 22 Luciano Orquera, 23 Tommaso Iannone.

Date: Saturday, February 1
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)
Television match official: Iain Ramage (Scotland)
Assessor: Clayton Thomas (Wales)

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