Italy field their best for All Blacks
16 Nov 2012
Italy made eight changes to the starting line-up for their clash against the All Blacks in Rome.
After the Azzurri’s 28-23 win over Tonga, head coach Jacques Brunel has brought in more of his first-choice players for the match against the world champions on Saturday.
Wing Mirco Bergamasco, tighthead prop Martin Castrogiovanni and flank Simone Favaro all come into the run-on side.
South Africa-born lock Quintin Geldenhuys and utility back Tobias Botes feature on the bench.
Italy – 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Giovambattista Venditti, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Francesco Minto, 4 Antonio Pavanello, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Andrea Lo Cicero
Subs: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Quintin Geldenhuys, 20 Mauro Bergamasco, 21 Robert Barbieri, 22 Tobias Botes, 23 Luke McLean.