x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Italy make two changes for Wales

The uncapped Giulio Rubini and Carlos Nieto have been added to Italy's line-up for Saturday's Six Nations match against Wales.

ROME // The uncapped Giulio Rubini and Carlos Nieto have been added to Italy's line-up for Saturday's Six Nations match against Wales. With Gonzalo Garcia out injured, Mirco Bergamasco has moved over to centre and Rubini will play on the wing. Nieto replaces Martin Castrogiovanni, who will start on the bench. Luciano Orquera is also on the bench as a replacement fly-half, with the Australian-born Luke McLean again getting the start. Italy is still without fullback Andrea Masi, who has completed a three-match ban but he now has a neck injury. Italy have lost their three opening games to England, Ireland and Scotland. Wales lost to France two weeks ago to relinquish their chances of a second straight Grand Slam but are still in contention for the Six Nations title. Italy: Andrea Marcato, Giulio Rubini, Gonzalo Canale, Mirco Bergamasco, Matteo Pratichetti, Luke McLean, Paul Griffen; Salvatore Perugini, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Carlos Nieto, Santiago Dellape, Marco Bortolami, Alessandro Zanni, Mauro Bergamasco, Sergio Parisse. Replacements: Francesco Sbaraglini, Martin Castrogiovanni, Carlo Antonio Del Fava, Josh Sole, Pablo Sanavosio, Luciano Orquera, Roberto Quartaroli. *AP