Italy Ring Changes For Canada Clash

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has had to juggled his squad around for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup Pool D clash against Canada in Leeds owing to the injury crisis within his group.  Both sides lost their opening matches last weekend and cannot afford another slip up as two defeats usually means a pool stage exit.  The pair are meeting for the eighth time in history, including a 19-14 2003 Rugby World Cup win in Canberra for the Azzurri.

Overall the Europeans lead the head-to-head 7-2.  Brunel’s match day squad is as follows:

15 Luke MCLEAN (Benetton Treviso, 72 caps)
14 Leonardo SARTO (Zebre Rugby, 20 caps)
13 Tommaso BENVENUTI (Bristol Rugby,  31 caps)
12 Gonzalo GARCIA (Zebre Rugby, 37 caps)
11 Giovanbattista VENDITTI (Newcastle Falcons, 30 caps)
10 Tommaso ALLAN (USAP Perpignan, 18 caps)
9 Edoardo GORI (Benetton Treviso, 44 caps)
8 Samuela VUNISA (Saracens, 9 caps)
7 Francesco MINTO (Benetton Treviso, 20 caps)
6 Alessandro ZANNI (Benetton Treviso,  91 caps)
5 Joshua FURNO (Newcastle Falcons, 32 caps)
4 Quintin GELDENHUYS (Zebre Rugby,  58 caps)
3 Lorenzo CITTADINI (Wasps, 41 caps)
2 Leonardo GHIRALDINI (Leicester Tigers, 79 caps) – captain
1 Michele RIZZO (Leicester Tigers, 20 caps) 

Replacements:

16 Davide GIAZZON (Benetton Treviso, 21 caps)
17 Matias AGUERO (svincolato, 37 caps)
18 Martin CASTROGIOVANNI (Racing ’92, 114 caps)
19 Marco FUSER (Benetton Treviso,  5 caps)
20 Mauro BERGAMASCO (svincolato, 104 caps)
21 Guglielmo PALAZZANI (Zebre Rugby, 12 caps)
22 Carlo CANNA (Zebre Rugby, 4 caps)
23 Michele CAMPAGNARO (Exeter Chiefs, 15 caps)