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One change for Italy

07th February 2013 13:41

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Starting at 12: Gonzalo Canale

There is just one injury-enforced change to the Italy side that will face Scotland in the Six Nations at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Coach Jacques Brunel has kept faith with the team that shocked France in Rome last week with the only change coming in midfield.

Inside centre Alberto Sgarbi has been ruled out with an ankle injury, meaning La Rochelle centre Gonzalo Canale starts having recovered from a thigh niggle.

On the bench, Zebre centre Gonzalo Garcia fills the gap left by Canale's promotion.

Brunel has retained the half-back pairing of Luciano Orquera and Tobias Botes, the former having kicked 10 points in the France victory before Kris Burton sealed the win with a 68th-minute drop goal.

Burton once again starts on the bench for the Azzurri, who will travel to Murrayfield hoping to notch their third successive win in the tournament having capped last year's edition with victory over Scotland.

Edinburgh could also be a memorable occasion for loose-head prop Andrea Lo Cicero, who will pick up his 100th Italy cap in the Scottish capital to sit just one behind the 101-cap record of Alessandro Troncon.

The last time the Azzurri visited the Scottish capital, the hosts won 23-12.

Italy's next Six Nations game at home is against Wales on February 23.

Italy: 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Giovambattista Venditti, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Gonzalo Canale, 11 Luke McLean, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Tobias Botes, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Francesco Minto, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Andrea Lo Cicero.
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Alberto De Marchi , 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Antonio Pavanello, 20 Paul Derbyshire, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Kristopher Burton, 23 Gonzalo Garcia.

Date: Saturday, 9 February
Venue: Murrayfield
Kick-off:14:30 GMT
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: John Lacey (Ireland), Leighton Hodges (Wales)
Television match official: Marshall Kilgore (Ireland) (Wales)

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RBS Six Nations Table
PosTeamPPts
1Ireland58
2England58
3Wales56
4France56
5Scotland52
6Italy50