Five Italian changes for Paris

Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:18
Large italyanthem

Italy play France at Stade de France on Sunday and coach Jacques Brunel has made five changes to the team that gave Wales such a hard time at Millennium Stadium last week.

Italy play France at Stade de France on Sunday and coach Jacques Brunel has made five changes to the team that gave Wales such a hard time at Millennium Stadium last week.

There has been much anticipation of the team announcement with the Italian website counting down the hours, minutes and seconds till a bored-looking young man, rubbing his stubble, scratching his head and wiping his nose, got Brunel to clear his throat and run through the team.

There has been some swapping to and from the starting XV and the bench. From the bench come Tommaso Iannone, Francesco Minto , Joshua Furno and Alberto De Marchi in the place of, respectively, Angelo Esposito, Alessandro Zanni, Marco Bortolami and Michele Rizzo.

The big change is at centre where Alberto Sgarbi drops out all together and Argentinian Gonzalo Garcia, capped 29 times for Italy,  comes into the squad and into the starting XV. In the match against Wales it was Sgarbi that created the gap for Jamie Roberts.

Joshua Furno who takes the place of Bortolami is Australian born but grew up in Italy and has 14 caps for Italy.

Italy: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Tommaso Iannone, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Mauro Bergamasco, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Joshua Furno, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Martín Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Alberto De Marchi.
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Marco Bortolami, 20 Alessandro Zanni, 21 Tobias Botes, 22 Luciano Orquera, 23 Angelo Esposito .

Date: Sunday, February 9
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Kick-off: 16.00 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)
TMO: Gareth Simmonds (Wales)

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
Fri, 03 March 2017
Chiefs v Blues 06h35 Hamilton
Connacht v Zebre 19h35 Ascoli Piceno
Ulster v Treviso 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Ospreys 19h35 Myreside
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 20h15 AJ Bell Stadium
Sat, 04 March 2017
Hurricanes v Rebels 04h15 Wellington
Highlanders v Crusaders 06h45 Dunedin
Brumbies v Sharks 08h45 Canberra
Sunwolves v Kings 10h55 Singapore
Lions v Waratahs 13h05 Johannesburg
Gloucester v Harlequins 15h00 Kingsholm
Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs 15h00 Welford Road
Worcester Warriors v Bristol 15h00 Sixways
Bath v Wasps 15h00 Recreation Ground
Glasgow Warriors v Dragons 15h00 Scotstoun Stadium
Stormers v Jaguares 15h15 Cape Town
Cardiff Blues v Munster 17h15 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Cheetahs v Bulls 17h30 Bloemfontein
Leinster v Scarlets 19h35 RDS Arena
Sun, 05 March 2017
Newcastle Falcons v Saracens 15h00 Kingston Park
SIX NATIONS
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
England 3 3 0 0 13
Ireland 3 2 0 1 10
Scotland 3 2 0 1 9
Wales 3 1 0 2 5
France 3 1 0 2 5
Italy 3 0 0 3 0
RELATED ARTICLES