Brunel makes 5 changes for final Italy match as coach

BY foxsports • March 17, 2016

ROME (AP) Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made five changes to his injury-hit side ahead of the trip to Wales for the final Six Nations match and his last game in charge.

Brunel keeps the spine of the team which lost 58-15 to Ireland last week but brings in Andrea Pratichetti for Michele Campagnaro, who was injured at the Aviva Stadium along with Edoardo Padovani and George Biagi.

Fly-half Tommaso Allan returns from injury and replaces Padovani for his first appearance of the year, while locks Quintin Geldenhuys and Valerio Bernabo come into the side instead of Biagi and Marco Fuser, who has the flu.

Veteran prop Martin Castrogiovanni returns from suspension to win a record 119th cap, with captain Sergio Parisse also achieving that feat in an unchanged third row.


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