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Italy revamp their front row in search of second win over Springboks

Stephen Varney of Italy passes the ball. Photo by Timothy Rogers/Getty Images

Italy have set their sights on now beating the world champions South Africa, making two changes from the side that earned their historic win over Australia.


Italy have made two changes to the team to face South Africa following the historic victory over Australia.

Prop Pietro Ceccarelli and hooker Giacomo Nicotera will line up alongside Danilo Fischetti in a revamped front row for Saturday’s Test in Genoa.

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Italy recorded a first win over the Wallabies last weekend by 28-27 in Florence.

“We’re not going to sit back on that,” Italy coach Kieran Crowley said on Thursday.

“The very next day the focus switched to South Africa. It will be an intense match physically.

“We have studied our opponents and prepared as best as we can for our task. We will continue on this path, showing that we can be competitive in every match.”


Italy beat South Africa in Florence in 2018 for their only success over the Springboks in 15 attempts.

South Africa have suffered narrow losses on their European tour so far, against Ireland and France.

Italy team:
Ange Capuozzo, Pierre Bruno, Juan Ignacio Brex, Luca Morisi, Montanna Ioane, Tommaso Allan, Stephen Varney; Lorenzo Cannone, Michele Lamaro (capt), Sebastian Negri, Federico Ruzza, Niccolo Cannone, Pietro Ceccarelli, Giacomo Nicotera, Danilo Fisichetti. Replacements: Gianmarco Lucchesi, Ivan Nemer, Simone Ferrari, David Sisi, Manuel Zuliani, Alessandro Garbisi, Edoardo Padovani, Tommaso Menoncello.



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