Italy coach Jacques Brunel has included two uncapped players as part of six changes to his starting XV to face Scotland in Saturday’s RBS Six Nations match at BT Murrayfield.
Benetton Treviso centre Enrico Bacchin and Zebre winger Michele Visentin will earn their first caps.
Bacchin steps in for the injured Andrea Masi. Zebre’s Dario Chistolini will replace Martin Castrogiovanni, who was bitten by a friend’s dog and needed 14 stitches. Zebre prop Matias Aguero replaces Alberto De Marchi while Joshua Furno is in for veteran lock Marco Bortolami, who has a muscular injury.
Benetton Treviso flanker Simone Favaro replaces Mauro Bergamasco, who has been dropped.
Italy: L McLean (Sale) , M Visentin (Zebre), L Morisi (Treviso), E Bacchin (Treviso), G Venditti (Zebre), K Haimona (Zebre), E Gori (Treviso); M Aguero (Zebre), L Ghiraldini (Leicester), D Chistolini (Zebre), G Biagi (Zebre), J Furno (Newcastle), F Minto (Treviso), S Favaro (Treviso), S Parisse (Stade Francais). Replacements: A Manici (Zebre), A De Marchi (Sale), L Cittadini (London Wasps), M Fuser (Treviso), S Vunisa (Zebre), G Palazzani (Zebre), T Allan (Perpignan), G Bisegni (Zebre).