No Parisse for Azzurri
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Italian coach Jacques Brunel surprised by "resting" captain Sergio Parisse for Saturday's Six Nations match against Ireland.
Robert Barbieri will take Parisse's place at No.8 to allow the skipper him to prepare for the following weekend's match against England.
Lock Marco Bortolami has been named captain of the side for the trip to Dublin.
Prop Martin Castrogiovanni, currently tied with Parisse as Italy's most capped player, will set a new record when he makes his 105th appearance.
Italy have lost all three their Six Nations matches this season.
Italy: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Paul Derbyshire, 6 Joshua Furno, 5 Marco Bortolami (captain), 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Alberto De Marchi.
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Antonio Pavanello, 20 Manoa Vosawai, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Tommaso Allan, 23 Andrea Masi.
Date: Saturday, March 8
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Kick-off: 14.30 (14.30 GMT; 15.30 Italian time)
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Steve Walsh (Australia), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)