Quintin Geldenhuys To Captain Italy

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has announced his match day squad for Saturday’s Test against Scotland at the Olympic Stadium in Turin as part of the final preparations for the Rugby World Cup 2015.  Brunel has opted to play several men who did not necessarily play much in the 6 Nations.  Among the centres Tommaso Benvenuti is back for the Azzurri and Guglielmo Palazzani will be wearing the number 9 shirt as a starter for the second time in his career.

Regular skipper Sergio Parisse has been hit by a mild flu and so Quintin Geldenhuys will skipper the Italians.    This is the match day squad for the hosts:

15 Andrea MASI (London Wasps, 91 caps)
14 Leonardo SARTO (Zebre Rugby, 16 caps)
13 Tommaso BENVENUTI (Bristol Rugby, 30 caps)
12 Gonzalo GARCIA (Zebre Rugby, 35 caps)
11 Giovambattista VENDITTI (Newcastle Falcons, 27 caps)
10 Tommaso ALLAN (USAP Perpignan, 14 caps)
9 Guglielmo PALAZZANI (Zebre Rugby, 8 caps)
8 Samuela VUNISA (Saracens, 5 caps)
7 Alessandro ZANNI (Benetton Treviso, 87 caps)
6 Francesco MINTO (Benetton Treviso, 16 caps)
5 Valerio BERNABÓ (Zebre Rugby, 23 caps)
4 Quintin GELDENHUYS (Zebre Rugby, 54 caps) – captain
3 Lorenzo CITTADINI (London Wasps, 38 caps)
2 Davide GIAZZON (Benetton Treviso, 20 caps)
1 Matias AGUERO (svincolato, 33 caps)

Replacements:

16 Leonardo GHIRALDINI (Leicester Tigers, 75 caps)
17 Michele RIZZO (Leicester Tigers, 16 caps)
18 Martin CASTROGIOVANNI (Racing ’92, 110 caps)
19 Marco BORTOLAMI (Zebre Rugby, 111 caps)
20 Mauro BERGAMASCO (svincolato, 102 caps)
21 Marcello VIOLI (Zebre Rugby)
22 Carlo CANNA (Zebre Rugby)
23 Luke MCLEAN (Benetton Treviso, 68 caps)