RBS Six Nations 2012: Italy name side to face Wales

Jacques Brunel has made seven changes to the starting line-up before facing Wales, with Mirco Bergamasco one of the returning faces to the side. Fabio Semenzato and Kris Burton come in at half back, whilst Gonzalo Canale starts at outside centre instead of Tommaso Benvenuti. Andrea Lo Cicero is fit again so starts at loosehead prop whilst Corne Van Zyl and Simone Favaro also come into the pack.


15. Andrea Masi, 14. Luke McLean, 13. Gonzalo Canale, 12. Alberto Sgarbi, 11. Mirco Bergamasco, 10. Kris Burton, 9. Fabio Semenzato, 1. Andrea Lo Cicero, 2. Leonard Ghiraldini, 3. Lorenzo Cittadini, 4. Quintin Geldenhuys, 5. Cornelius Van Zyl, 6. Alessandro Zanni, 7. Simone Favaro, 8. Sergio Parisse (c)


16. Tommaso D’Apice, 17. Fabio Staibano, 18. Marco Bortolami, 19. Robert Barbieri, 20. Edoardo Gori, 21. Tommaso Benvenuti, 22. Giulio Toniolatti

9 thoughts on “RBS Six Nations 2012: Italy name side to face Wales

  1. Good to see Mirco back. Wouldn’t be a Wales v Italy match without him having a fight with Mike Philips.

  2. Can Kris Burton do better than Botes at kicking?

    I think he can, but this ought to be easy pickings for Wales really.

    Italy tend to fall off the rails in the second half and Wales are one of the fittest sides in the tournament

    1. I am very confident that Wales will beat Italy on Saturday but do not think it will be as easy as some belief. Not expecting a huge try count in the first half, but if Wales play it right then Italy will begin to tire and spaces will appear.

  3. Hi everyone. I am italian and I want you ask you: in your opinion is right Italy participates to the 6 nations in spite often it is much more weak than others teams?

    1. Without doubt, Italy have progressed over the years and are able to compete with the home nations. With the right structure and player development will soon be competing to win the Championship. Italy can only improve.

    2. Italy are improving every year just need a good 9&10 they have taken a few big scalps in the last couple of years should have hung to Mallet for another year or two

      1. above all i think we need a good kicker…of course also a good 9 and 10 but…the priority is too find a player able to score penalties. Usually Italy does a lot of mistakes on penalties and it cause a sort of “mental collapse” in our players.

        PS sorry for my bad english

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