Italy change three for Ireland


Italy head coach Conor O’Shea has made three alterations to his starting XV to face Ireland in their second Six Nations match in Dublin on Saturday.

Andrea Lovotti has dropped to the bench and is replaced by Nicola Quaglio at loosehead prop while Luca Bigi comes in for Leonardo Ghiraldini at hooker.

Braam Steyn takes the position of Renato Giammarioli on the flank. Tommaso Allan will continue in the fly-half role, while Carlo Canna is reserve number 10.

Italy: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Tommaso Benvenuti, 13 Tommaso Boni, 12 Tommaso Castello, 11 Mattia Bellini, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Marcello Violi, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Braam Steyn, 6 Sebastien Negri, 5 Dean Budd, 4 Alessandro Zanni, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Nicola Quaglio
Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Andrea Lovotti, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Federico Ruzza, 20 Maxime Mata Mbanda, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Carlo Canna, 23 Jayden Hayward

Date: Saturday, February 10
Venue: Aviva Stadium
Kick-off: 14:15 GMT (Fiji Time 02:15)
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Pascal Gaüzère (France), Matthew Carley (England)

Television match official: David Grashoff (England)

Source: Planet Rugby

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