Kieran Crowley hands double debut in new-look Italy team to face Scotland

Dylan Coetzee
Italy star Lorenzo Pani during an U20 clash.

Italy star Lorenzo Pani during an U20 clash.

Backline duo Lorenzo Pani and Martin Page-Relo will make their Test debuts for Italy this weekend after being named in the starting lineup to face Scotland in the Summer Nations Series.

Pani starts at full-back alongside experienced wings Pierre Bruno and Monty Ioane in an exciting back-three. Meanwhile, the talented Tommaso Menoncello starts alongside Luca Morisi in the midfield.

Harlequins star Tommaso Allan is the pivot for this clash and starts in a half-back partnership with the debuting Page-Relo.

New skipper

In the pack, Federico Ruzza captains the team from the side of the scrum with Manuel Ziliani and Toa Halafihi completing the back-row.

David Sisi is joined in the second-row but Andrea Zambonin whilst Pietro Ceccarelli, Epalahame Faiva and Federico Zani make up the front-row.

On the pine Danilo Fischetti and Filippo Alongi are the prop options with hooker Marco Manfredi the other front-row cover. Edoardo Iachizzi and Lorenzo Cannone are the remaining forward substitutions.

Scrum-half Alessandro Garbisi, Giacomo Da Re and Federico Mori round out the matchday 23.

The clash forms a key part of Italy’s Rugby World Cup preparations with less than 50 days until the global showpiece gets underway in France.

Starting XV

Italy: 15 Lorenzo Pani, 14 Pierre Bruno, 13 Tommaso Menoncello, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Martin Page-Relo, 8 Toa Halafihi, 7 Manuel Zuliani, 6 Federico Ruzza (c), 5 Andrea Zambonin, 4 David Sisi, 3 Pietro Ceccarelli, 2 Epalahame Faiva, 1 Federico Zani
Replacements: 16 Marco Manfredi, 17 Danilo Fischetti, 18 Filippo Alongi, 19 Edoardo Iachizzi, 20 Lorenzo Cannone, 21 Alessandro Garbisi, 22 Giacomo Da Re, 23 Federico Mori

Date: Saturday, July 29
Venue: Murrayfield Stadium
Kick-off: 15.15 local (14.15 GMT)
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Mathieu Raynal (France), Adam Leal (England)
TMO: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)

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