Mallett makes three Italian changes for Fiji

Italy coach Nick Mallett has made three changes to his side for Saturday’s international test match against Fiji in Modena.

Prop Salvatore Perugini comes back into the team in place of veteran Racing Metro front-rower Andrea Lo Cicero while Canadian-born flanker Robert Barbieri reclaims his place from Paul Derbyshire.

In the backs Andrea Masi, who played at centre against Argentina before dropping to the bench against Australia, switches to right wing with Tommaso Benvenuti dropping to the bench.

Italy lost 22-16 to the Pumas in Verona before going down 32-14 to the Wallabies in Florence last week.

Team (15-1):

Luke McLean; Andrea Masi, Gonzalo Canale, Alberto Sgarbi, Mirco Bergamasco; Luciano Orquera, Edoardo Gori; Sergio Parisse (capt), Robert Barbieri, Alessandro Zanni; Quintin Geldenhuys, Carlo Del Fava; Martin Castrogiovanni, Fabio Ongaro, Salvatore Perugini

Replacements used: Carlo Festuccia, Andrea Lo Cicero, Santiago Dellape, Paul Derbyshire, Paulo Canavosio, Riccardo Bocchino, Tommaso Benvenuti

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