Parisse back to captain Italy

Date published: February 1 2017

Italy coach Conor O’Shea has named his squad to play Wales in Rome on Sunday.

The side contains a large contingent of players that beat the Springboks during the November series last year.

The front-row sees Andrea Lovotti, Ornel Gega and Lorenzo Cittadini link up and the lock pairing will be made up of Marco Fuser and George Biagi.

Sergio Parisse captains the side once again at number eight with Abraham Steyn donning the six jersey while Maxime Mata Mbanda will play in the fetcher role.

The half-back pairing consists of Edoardo Gori at number nine while Carlo Canna will start at fly-half.

Outside them Luke McLean starts at inside centre and Tommaso Benvenuti will link with from outside centre. In the back three Edoardo Padovani will start at full-back with Giulio Bisegni and Giovanbattista Venditti on the wings.

Italy: 15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Giulio Bisegni, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luke McLean, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse(c), 7 Maxime Mata Mbanda, 6 Abraham Steyn, 5 George Biagi, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Ornel Gega, 1 Andrea Lovotti
Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Sami Panico, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 Joshua Furno, 20 Francesco Minto, 21 Giorgio Bronzini, 22 Tommaso Allan, 23 Michele Campagnaro

Date: Sunday, February 5
Venue: Stadio Olimpico
Time: 15:00 local (14:00 GMT)
Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant Referees: Johnny Lacey (Ireland), Craig Maxwell-Keys (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

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