Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018

Rugby: Parisse returns to revamped Italy against England


Rome, March 8 - Italy coach Jacques Brunel has
revamped his side for Sunday's Six Nations match in England,
making seven changes to his starting line-up, one positional,
and bringing back Sergio Parisse after the captain's
disciplinary ban was cut.
The Azzurri started their campaign with a stunning 23-18
win over France on the opening day.
But since then they have slumped to a 34-10 defeat in
Scotland and gone down 9-26 to Wales at home, prompting Brunel
to ring the changes.
"We made a good start to the tournament and then we were a
bit disappointed about how the following two matches went, for
different reasons," Brunel said Friday.
"We didn't show the energy we should have against Wales. I
don't know whether that was because of physical tiredness or
something else.
"But it wasn't the attitude we expect from this team.
"In this sense, Sunday's clash will be important. If we
aren't at the same level as them physically, we are in store for
a very tough afternoon and possibly a heavy defeat".
Parisse, who is considered one of the world's best number
eights, returns after his ban for allegedly insulting a referee
while in action for his club Stade Francais was cut from 30 to
20 days in appeal.
Brunel has reinstated flyhalf Luciano Orquera, who was the
man-of-the-match of the win over France but dropped to the bench
after an error-strewn performance in Scotland, at the expense of
Kris Burton.
Gonzalo Garcia comes into the team at inside centre, with
Gonzalo Canale switching to outside centre and Tommaso Benvenuti
dropping to the bench.
Roberto Barbieri takes over at blindside flanker from
Alessandro Zanni, fit-again Robert Barbieri starts at openside
in place of Simon Favaro and Parisse replaces Manoa Vosawai at
the back of the scrum.
In the second row Joshua Furno and Quintin Geldenhuys take
over from Francesco Minto and Antonio Pavanello.
Prop Alberto De Marchi enters the front row with Andrea Lo
Cicero demoted to the replacements.
If Lo Cicero, 36, comes on at London's Twickenham stadium
he will collect his 102nd cap and become the player to have the
most appearances for Italy of all time.
Italy, fifth in the standings above France, host Ireland in
their final game on March 16.
Italy team: 15-Andrea Masi, 14-Giovanbattista Venditti,
13-Gonzalo Canale, 12-Gonzalo Garcia, 11-Luke McLean, 10-Luciano
Orquera, 9-Edoardo Gori, 8-Sergio Parisse, 7-Robert Barbieri,
6-Alessandro Zanni, 5-Joshua Furno, 4-Quintin Geldenhuys,
3-Martin Castrogiovanni, 2-Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1-Alberto De
Replacements: 16-Davide Giazzon, 17-Andrea Lo Cicero,
18-Lorenzo Cittadini, 19-Antonio Pavanello, 20-Francesco Minto,
21-Simone Favaro, 22-Tobias Botes, 23-Tommaso Benvenuti.

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