Italy vs Argentina brought forward due to rains

Heavy rain over the flood-hit city of Genoa have forced the Test between Italy and Argentina to be rescheduled and brought forward a day.

The test match will still be played at Genoa’s Luigi Ferraris stadium but kicks off on Friday at 5.15pm local time (1615 GMT).

The Italian rugby federation announces that the test match between Italy and Argentina, originally scheduled for Saturday at the Luigi Ferraris stadium, has been brought forward to Friday at 17.15,” a statement from the FIR said.

The Italian Federation announced earlier in the day that the fixture was to be cancelled as there were fears that the predicted heavy rain in Genoa on Saturday would lead to chaos.

Five people have been killed so far this month in flood-related incidents and the move has been made to try and prevent further loss of life or injury.

“The decision was made because of the very strong possibility of heavy rain on Saturday. Security officials felt that holding the match then posed just too much of a risk.”

The statement added that tickets to the test match will be valid for Friday and the kick off time was “necessary to safeguard the proper arrival and departure of the public”.

“All tickets that have been sold will still be valid for the game.”

Italy began their November Test series with a morale-boosting 24-13 win over Samoa in Ascoli last week.

Italy also host South Africa next weekend in Padua.

Teams

Italy

Andrea Masi; Luke Mclean, Michele Campagnaro, Luca Morisi, Leonardo Sarto; Kelly Haimona, Edoardo Gori; Sergio Parisse (capt), Simone Favaro, Alessandro Zanni; Joshua Furno, Quintin Geldenhuys; Martin Castrogiovanni, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Matias Aguero

Replacements: Andrea Manici, Alberto De Marchi, Lorenzo Cittadini, Marco Bortolami, Francesco Minto, Guglielmo Palazzani, Luciano Orquera, Giulio Toniolatti

Argentina 

 Joaquin Tuculet; Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Horacio Agulla, Jeronimo De la Fuente, Manuel Montero; Juan Martin Hernandez, Tomas Cubelli; Leonardo Senatore, Javier Ortega Desio, Facundo Isa; Tomas Lavanini, Guido Petti; Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Matias Cortese, Marcos Ayerza

Replacements :Santiago Iglesias Valdez, Lucas Noguera Paz, Ramiro Herrera, Lucas Ponce, Tomas Lezana, Martin Landajo, Nicolas Sanchez, Matias Moroni

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