Italy lose Masi for World Cup clash with USA

Italy fullback Andrea Masi has been forced to pull out of his country’s Rugby World Cup match against the United States of America.

Masi has been replaced by Luke McLean after he suffered a slight calf strain and it was decided to rest him as a precautionary measure before their next game against Ireland.

Giulio Toniolatti, who is more at home on the wing, comes on to the bench for McLean.

Italy need to win their last two pool matches against the United States and Ireland to have a chance of making the quarter-finals.

Italy (15-1)

Luke McLean, Tommaso Benvenuti, Gonzalo Canale, Gonzalo Garcia, Mirco Bergamasco, Luciano Orquera, Fabio Semenzato, Sergio Parisse (captain), Mauro Bergamasco, Alessandro Zanni, Cornelius van Zyl, Quintin Geldenhuys, Martin Castrogiovanni, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Salvatore Perugini

Replacements: Fabio Ongaro, Andrea Lo Cicero, Marco Bortolami, Paul Derbyshire, Edoardo Gori, Riccardo Bocchino,Giulio Toniolatti.

United States (15-1)

Chris Wyles; Takudzwa Ngwenya, Paul Emerick, Andrew Suniula, James Paterson; Roland Suniula, Mike Petri; Nic Johnson, Todd Clever (capt), Louis Stanfill; Hayden Smith, John van der Giessen; Matekitonga Moeakiola, Chris Biller, Mike MacDonald

Replacements: Phil Thiel, Shawn Pittman, Scott LaValla, Pat Danahy, Tim Usasz, Nese Malifa, Blaine Scully

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