Rugby-Three changes for Italy as they take on the Wallabies

Rugby-Three changes for Italy as they take on the Wallabies

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Experienced loose forward Sebastian Negri and fullback Ange Capuozzo both return from injury and have been included in Italy’s starting line-up for 

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Saturday’s test against Australia, coach Kieran Crowley announced on Thursday.

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There are three changes from last week’s win over Samoa with French-based Capuozzo taking over from Tommaso Allan with Negri in for Manuel Zuliani on the side of the scrum.

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Niccolo Cannone replaces David Sisi in the second row in the other change for the test in Florence.

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Cannone joins his brother Lorenzo in the team after the rookie eighthman made an impressive debut in last Saturday’s 49-17 win over the Samoans in Padua.

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“We started off on the right foot against Samoa, but now that game is a thing of the past and we are thinking about the present,” Crowley said in a statement as he named the team.

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“We will face a top-level team in Australia. We’ve worked at our best this week and if we play to our full potential we can make it difficult for our opponents,” the coach added

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15-Ange Capuozzo, 14-Pierre Bruno, 13-Juan Ignacio Brex, 12-Luca Morisi, 11-Montanna Ioane, 10-Paolo Garbisi, 9-Stephen Varney, 8-Lorenzo Cannone,

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7-Michele Lamaro (captain), 6-Sebastian Negri, 5-Federico Ruzza, 4-Niccolo Cannone, 3-Simone Ferrari, 2-Giacomo Nicotera, 1-Danilo Fischetti

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Replacements: 16-Giacomo Nicotera, 17-Ivan Nemer, 18-Pietro Ceccarelli, 19-David Sisi, 20-Toa Halafihi, 21-Alessandro Garbisi, 22-Tommaso Allan, 23-Tommaso Menoncello.

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