Castrogiovanni and Parisse to make history
February 20, 2014
Martin Castrogiovanni and Sergio Parisse - two of Italy's favourite sons © Getty Images
Italy have made three changes for Saturday's game against Scotland with Sergio Parisse and Martin Castrogiovanni set to make history.
The duo will become Italy's joint most-capped players as they overtake Andrea Lo Cicero's 103-cap tally for the national side. While they will win their 104th cap, Angelo Esposito will win his second after being called into the side on the wing.
His inclusion is one of three changes from the side that lost to France with Alessandro Zanni and Robert Barbieri also starting. Tommaso Allan keeps the fly-half jersey and will play against Scotland, the team who he played for at Under-20 level.
Luke McLean, Angelo Esposito, Michael Campagnaro, Gonzalo Garcia, Leonardo Sarto, Tommaso Allan, Edoardo Gori, Alberto de Marchi, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Martin Castrogiovanni, Quintin Geldenhuys, Joshua Furno, Alessandro Zanni, Robert Barbieri, Sergio Parisse (captain)
Replacements: Davide Giazzon, Matias Aguero, Lorenzo Cittadini, Marco Bortolami, Paul Derbyshire, Tobias Botes, Luciano Orquera, Tommaso Iannone
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