Van Zyl to start for Italy against Scotland

Scotland v Italy

Venue:
Murrayfield
Date:
Saturday 20 August
Kick-off:
1700 BST
Coverage:
Live on BBC Two Scotland from 1645 BST, Radio Scotland 92-95 FM and online
Italy beat Japan 31-24 in Cesena last week
Italy beat Japan 31-24 in Cesena last week

Italy coach Nick Mallett has made 11 changes for Saturday's World Cup warm-up Test against Scotland.

The Azzurri have restored a largely first choice three-quarter line, with only winger Tommaso Benvenuti staying in the starting XV.

Captain Sergio Parisse remains at number eight and front-rowers Andrea Lo Cicero and Leonardo Ghiraldini keep their places.

The visitors to Murrayfield beat Japan 31-24 in Cesena last week.

It means that Mallett will have given 26 of his 30-man squad a start in their two warm-ups ahead of the World Cup in New Zealand next month.

Only front-rowers Salvatore Perugini, who is injured, and Fabio Ongaro will not feature, while inexperienced hooker Tommaso D'Apice, who made a brief debut against Japan for the final two minutes, and third choice scrum-half Pablo Canavosio start from the bench for the second game in a row.

South African-born lock Cornelius Van Zyl makes his first start following his debut as a substitute against Japan.

Italy: Andrea Masi (Aironi); Tommaso Benvenuti (Treviso), Gonzalo Canale (Clermont-Auvergne/FRA), Gonzalo Garcia (Treviso), Mirco Bergamasco (Racing-Metro Paris/FRA); Luciano Orquera (Aironi), Fabio Semenzato (Treviso); Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais/FRA) - capt, Robert Barbieri (Treviso), Paul Derbyshire (Treviso); Cornelius Van Zyl (Treviso), Carlo Antonio Del Fava (Aironi); Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester Tigers/ENG), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing-Metro Paris/FRA)

Replacements: Tommaso D'Apice (Aironi), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Marco Bortolami (Aironi), Alessandro Zanni (Treviso), Pablo Canavosio (Calvisano), Riccardo Bocchino (Cavalieri Prato), Matteo Pratichetti (Aironi)

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