Allan dislocated his shoulder during the second half of Italy’s 36-15 defeat to England last time out, a result that leaves Conor O’Shea’s side bottom of the table still waiting for their first point.
With his first-choice fly-half ruled out, O’Shea has turned to Zebre’s Canna – who replaced Allan against England – to try and dictate the clash with France in Rome, where a bonus-point win would move them level with their opponents.
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The eyes of the rugby world will be on Italy’s performance after their innovative ‘no-ruck’ tactics at Twickenham that drew the ire of Eddie Jones and perplexed England for the opening 40 minutes.
Eventually England worked out a plan to negate the tactics and finished with a flourish to maintain their unbeaten run.
Italy: Edoardo Padovani, Angelo Esposito, Michele Campagnaro, Luke McLean, Giovanballista Venditti, Carlo Canna, Edoardo Gori; Andrea Lovotti, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Lorenzo Cittadini, Marco Fuser, Dries van Scalkwyk, Braam Steyn, Simone Favaro, Sergio Parisse.
Replacements: Tommaso D’Apice, Sami Panico, Dario Chistolini, George Biagi, Maxime Mbanda, Giorgio Bronzini, Tommasso Benvenuti, Luca Sperandio
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