Italy team to play Ireland

italyJacques Brunel has chosen to ring the changes ahead of Italy’s trip to Dublin this weekend, with captain and talisman Sergio Parisse the biggest casualty of his selection axe.

Robert Barbieri starts in his place, while Luciano Orquera and Tito Tebaldi form a new half-back partnership. Josh Furno is switched to the blindside flank, with Marco Bortolami back in the engine room.

What do you make of the Italy team? Can they beat Ireland?

Italy team to play Ireland:
Luke McLean, Angelo Esposito, Michele Campagnaro, Gonzalo Garcia, Leonardo Sarto, Luciano Orquera, Tito Tebaldi, Alberto de Marchi, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Martin Castrogiovanni, Quintin Geldenhuys, Marco Bortalami, Josh Furno, Paul Derbyshire, Robert Barbieri

Replacements: Davide Giazzon, Michele Rizzo, Lorenzo Cittadini, Antonio Pavanello, Manoa Vosawai, Edoardo Gori, Tommaso Allan, Andrea Masi

8 thoughts on “Italy team to play Ireland

  1. Parisse dropped?! Well Dublin is going to be a charnel house after this… massive, massive call. Against this current Irish side? Its going to be messy!
    Italy are in no way a bad side, but in the same way that Ireland have basically relied on an in-form talismanic BOD for much of the last decade, Italy need their heart-beat. Brunel is either very brave or totally barmy.

  2. He hasn’t trained all week so Brunels hand was forced perhaps. Maybe they are saving him for their last game in Rome. Either way it dies make things a little easier for Ireland.

  3. This is nuts.
    Granted they are odds-on wooden spooners now, by they only lost by one point to an in-form Scotland last weekend, and gave Wales a bit of a scare in the opening weekend.
    Parisse has done nothing to deserve this.

  4. Opportunity missed joel time to inject psce and youth where are xebo henshaw and the wonderous moore

  5. I am not sure that he played particularly well against Scotland though I am surprised that he is left out. As someone notes earlier, it may have more to do with his fitness.

    Furno has had a good tournament so far, so it will be interesting to see how he goes at 6, and we may see a lot more ball,carrying from him. It is an interesting balance in the back row because Barbieri has bee playing open side. I wonder if the selection may be more about countering the Irish back row than creating anything themselves?

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