Bronzini to make Italy debut in rugby test vs. N. Zealand
ROME (AP) Benetton Treviso's Giorgio Bronzini will make his Italy debut at scrum half in Saturday's test match against New Zealand.
Italy coach Conor O'Shea also selected versatile veteran Luke McLean, who normally plays at fly half, at center.
Carlo Canna will start at fly half for the game at the Stadio Olimpico, while captain and No. 8 Sergio Parisse will add to his record number of Azzurri caps with his 120th appearance.
The game will mark O'Shea's home debut after a summer tour in the Americas, where Italy lost to Argentina then beat the United States and Canada.
New Zealand has won all 14 meetings with Italy, although the All Blacks had their record run of 18 straight test wins ended with a 40-29 loss to Ireland last weekend in Chicago.
Italy will also host South Africa and Tonga in test matches this month.
Italy: Edoardo Padovani, Giulio Bisegni, Tommaso Benvenuti, Luke McLean, Angelo Esposito, Carlo Canna, Giorgio Bronzini; Sergio Parisse (captain), Simone Favaro, Maxime Mbanda, Andries van Schalkwyk, Marco Fuser, Lorenzo Cittadini, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: Ornel Gega, Sami Panico, Pietro Ceccarelli, George Biagi, Francesco Minto, Edoardo Gori, Tommaso Allan, Tommaso Boni.