IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Martín Leandro Castrogiovanni is the ultimate test for any prop hoping to make his mark on the international stage.
Tommaso Allan and Robert Barbieri have been released by Italy ahead of this weekend's Test against South Africa.
The Springbok starting team to face Italy in Padova on Saturday shows four changes from the side which beat England at Twickenham.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Springbok breakdown consultant Richie Gray believes games are mostly won and lost in the 'top two inches'.
The Italian team was given a clean bill of health ahead of their encounter with South Africa at Stadio Euganeo in Padua on Saturday.
Johan Goosen is ready to emerge from obscurity and stake a claim to be once again a regular member of the Springbok squad.
Golden Lions prop Ruan Dreyer has been called up to the Springbok squad as injury cover for Jannie du Plessis.
Italy captain Sergio Parisse said that his side hope to take advantage of their extra day of rest ahead of the clash with the Springboks.
Argentina battled back in the second half to claim a tight 20-18 victory over Italy in Genova on Friday.
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