Two Changes For Italy

Italy has opted to make two changes for its final Pool D match at the Rugby World Cup against Romania on Sunday.  The two sides are battling for the prize of automatic qualification to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.   Jacques Brunel has selected Alessandro Zanni ahead of regular captain Sergio Parisse, who has not fully recovered after the Ireland match last week.

Brunel has also brought in Tommaso Benvenuti to replace Gonzalo Garcia at centre.  Garcia was injured in London last Sunday.

Italy’s match day squad is as follows:

15 Luke MCLEAN (Benetton Treviso, 74 caps)
14 Leonardo SARTO (Zebre Rugby, 22 caps)*
13 Michele CAMPAGNARO (Exeter Chiefs, 17 caps)*
12 Tommaso BENVENUTI (Bristol Rugby, 33 caps)*
11 Giovambattista VENDITTI (Newcastle Falcons, 32 caps)*
10 Tommaso ALLAN (USAP Perpignan, 20 caps)
9 Edoardo GORI (Benetton Treviso, 46 caps)*
8 Alessandro ZANNI (Benetton Treviso, 93 caps)
7 Simone FAVARO (Glasgow Warriors, 26 caps)*
6 Francesco MINTO (Benetton Treviso, 22 caps)
5 Joshua FURNO (Newcastle Falcons, 34 caps)*
4 Quintin GELDENHUYS (Zebre Rugby, 60 caps) – captain
3 Lorenzo CITTADINI (Wasps, 43 caps)
2 Andrea MANICI (Zebre Rugby, 15 caps)*
1 Matias AGUERO (svincolato, 40 caps)


16 Davide GIAZZON (Benetton Treviso, 23 caps)
17 Alberto DE MARCHI (Benetton Treviso, 28 caps)
18 Dario CHISTOLINI (Zebre Rugby, 22 caps)
19 Valerio BERNABO’ (Zebre Rugby, 26 caps)
20 Samuela VUNISA (Saracens, 10 caps)
21 Guglielmo PALAZZANI (Zebre Rugby, 14 caps)
22 Carlo CANNA (Zebre Rugby, 6 caps)
23 Enrico BACCHIN (Benetton Treviso, 4 caps)