Italy make four changes for Bok clash

Date published: November 17 2016

Italy head coach Conor O’Shea has named his side that will face South Africa in their second November Test at Stadio Artemio Franchi.

The Azzurri boss has made four changes to his line-up as they look to bounce back from the 68-10 loss they suffered against New Zealand.

Giovanbattista Venditti comes in for Angelo Esposito on the left wing, with the latter not involved in the matchday squad this weekend.

In the pack, Francesco Minto replaces Maxime Mbanda on the flank while Ornel Gega and Sami Panico come in for Leonardo Ghiraldini and Andrea Lovotti at hooker and loosehead prop respectively for the fixture in Florence, with the Springboks also coming in off a defeat.

Italy: 15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Giulio Bisegni, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luke McLean, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Giorgio Bronzini, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Andries van Schalkwyk, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Ornel Gega, 1 Sami Panico
Replacements: 16 Tommaso D’Apice, 17 Nicola Quaglio, 18 Simone Ferrari, 19 George Fabio Biagi, 20 Abraham Steyn, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Tommaso Allan, 23 Tommaso Boni

Date: Saturday, November 19
Venue: Stadio Artemio Franchi
Kick-off: 15:00 local (14:00 GMT)
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), David Wilkinson (Ireland)
TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)