Parisse returns for Italy's match vs. England at Six Nations

The Canadian Press
3/13/2014 10:45:25 AM
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ROME -- Italy captain Sergio Parisse returns for the final Six Nations match, against title-chasing England at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

Parisse had a calf injury and was rested for the 46-7 defeat to Ireland last weekend but returns for Saturday in one of three changes.

The Stade Francais No. 8 will once again draw level with the injured Martin Castrogiovanni as Italy's most capped player when he makes his 105th appearance for his country.

The other two changes come in the front row where Lorenzo Cittadini replaces Castrogiovanni after the prop was forced off at Lansdowne Road with broken ribs.

On the left, Matias Aguero replaces Alberto De Marchi, who drops to the bench.

Scotland-born George Biagi is on the bench and could make his debut for Italy, which has lost all four of its matches in this year's tournament.

"They have very few weak points," Italy coach Jacques Brunel said. "They play with confidence, they have hardly changed anything during the tournament and they have a good style of play. Moreover, they're coming to Roma to win the tournament: they don't only want to beat us but they have to also score a lot of points.

"On our part, it's our last chance. A heavy defeat would mean our tournament's been completely negative and it would be a bit difficult to lift our heads back up."

England is the only European team Italy has never beaten.


Italy: Luke McLean, Angelo Esposito, Michele Campagnaro, Gonzalo Garcia, Leonardo Sarto, Luciano Orquera, Tito Tebaldi; Sergio Parisse (captain), Robert Barbieri, Joshua Furno, Marco Bortolami, Quintin Geldenhuys, Lorenzo Cittadini, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Matias Aguero. Reserves: Davide Giazzon, Michele Rizzo, Alberto de Marchi, George Fabio Biagi, Paul Derbyshire, Edoardo Gori, Tommaso Allan, Andrea Masi.

Sergio Parisse (Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images)


(Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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