Italy head coach Conor O’Shea has made five changes to his starting XV that will face France in their final Six Nations game of this campaign on Saturday.
The Azzurri will hope to end their losing run this weekend and face a France side that has blown hot and cold in the championship.
Marco Zanon comes in for Michele Campagnaro at outside centre while up front there’s starts for hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini, tighthead prop Tiziano Pasquali, second-row David Sisi and openside flanker Jake Polledri, with Luca Bigi, Simone Ferrari, Federico Ruzza and Sebastian Negri replaced.
Alessandro Zanni and Luca Sperandio have also been named on the replacements bench for the clash at the Stadio Olimpico.
Italy: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Edoardo Padovani, 13 Marco Zanon, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Angelo Esposito, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Jake Polledri, 6 Abraham Jurgens Steyn, 5 Federico Ruzza, 4 David Sisi, 3 Tiziano Pasquali, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Andrea Lovotti Replacements: 16 Luca Bigi, 17 Cherif Traore’, 18 Simone Ferrari, 19 Alessandro Zanni, 20 Sebastian Negri, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Ian McKinley, 23 Luca Sperandio
Date: Saturday, March 16 Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome Kick-off: 13:30 local (12:30 GMT) Referee: Matthew Carley (England) Assistant Referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Andrew Brace (Ireland) TMO: Graham Hughes (England)
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