Italy coach Nick Mallett has received a huge boost ahead of this Saturday’s clash with England after skipper Sergio Parisse was declared fit. Mallett has made four changes to the side that lost their RBS 6 Nations opener against Ireland.
Pablo Canavosio comes in for Benetton Treviso scrum-half Edoardo Gori, who dislocated his shoulder against Ireland, while Kristopher Burton drops to the bench, Luciano Orquera taking his place at 10, in his first start in the Six Nations for six years.
Josh Sole’s ankle injury rules him out, and he is replaced by Valerio Bernabo.
Full team:L McLean (Benetton Treviso); A Masi (Racing-Metro Paris), G Canale (Clermont-Auvergne), A Sgarbi (Benetton Treviso), Mirco Bergamasco (Racing-Metro Paris); L Orquera (Brive), P Canavosio; S Perugini, L Ghiraldini (Benetton Treviso), M Castrogiovanni (Leicester Tigers), C Antonio Del Fava, Q Geldenhuys, V Bernabo (Benetton Treviso), A Zanni (Benetton Treviso), S Parisse (Stade Francais).
Replacements: F Ongaro, A Lo Cicero (Racing-Metro Paris), S Dellape (Racing-Metro Paris), R Barbieri (Benetton Treviso), F Semenzato (Benetton Treviso), K Burton (Benetton Treviso), G Garcia (Benetton Treviso).