Ange Capuozzo is back in the Italy team which will face Ireland on Sunday (4 p.m.) in Dublin as part of the second day of the Six Nations Tournament. The Stade Toulousain fullback, ill, had to withdraw last week from the reception against England (24-27). His tenure pushes Tommaso Allan to the bench.
Coach Gonzalo Quesada was forced to make three more changes. Hit in the ribs, flanker Sebastian Negri is replaced by Alessandro Izekor, who honored his first selection last week by coming off the bench. Lorenzo Cannone, withdrawn due to a knee injury, leads to the replacement of captain Michele Lamaro in number eight and the tenure of Manuel Zuliani. The latest change is the return of Stephen Varney to the scrum-half position in place of Alessandro Garbisi.
Note, finally, that flanker of South African origin Ross Vintcent is a substitute and could make his debut in Dublin with Italy. “We will try to take the next step in our growth against one of the strongest teams in the world,” Quesada emphasized.
Le XV de départ : 15-Ange Capuozzo, 14-Lorenzo Pani, 13-Ignacio Brex, 12-Tommaso Menoncello, 11-Monty Ioane, 10-Paolo Garbisi, 9-Stephen Varney, 8-Michele Lamaro, 7-Manuel Zuliani, 6-Alessandro Izekor, 5-Federico Ruzza, 4-Niccolo Cannone, 3-Pietro Ceccarelli, 2-Gianmarco Lucchesi, 1-Danilo Fischetti.Remplaçants: 16-Giacomo Nicotera, 17-Mirco Spagnolo, 18-Giosue Zilocchi, 19-Andrea Zambonin, 20-Ross Vintcent, 21-Martin Page-Relo, 22-Tommaso Allan, 23-Federico Mori