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Rugby: Italy make three changes for Scotland match

Parisse, Castrogiovanni to set new caps record

20 February, 17:18
Rugby: Italy make three changes for Scotland match (ANSA) - Rome, February 20 - Jacques Brunel on Thursday made three changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's clash against Scotland, their third match of the 2014 Six Nations.

Captain Sergio Parisse and prop Martin Castrogiovanni will both make their 104th appearance for Italy at Rome's Stadio Olimpico, breaking the previous record of 103 caps held by retired prop Andrea Lo Cicero.

The encounter between the nations is often a decider of who takes the tournament's booby prize for finishing last, the wooden spoon, and both sides go into the game without a win.

The Azzurri produced a courageous performance in a 23-15 defeat in Wales in their opener, but they were thumped 30-10 by France in Paris last time out.

Scotland have suffered big defeats to Ireland and England.

Two of Brunel's three changes are in the back row.

Blindside flanker Alessandro Zanni, who came on as a replacement in Paris, returns to the starting XV in place of Francesco Minto.

Robert Barbieri takes over from Mauro Bergamasco on the open side.

The other change is in the backs, with wing Angelo Esposito set to pick up his second cap after making his debut against Wales.

He replaces Tommaso Iannone.

Italy: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Tommaso Allan, 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 Marchi.

Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Matias Aguero, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Marco Bortolami, 20 Paul Derbyshire, 21 Tobias Botes, 22 Luciano Orquera, 23 Tommaso Iannone.