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Major blow for Italy as captain ruled out of Ireland clash

Head coach Jacques Brunel has made four changes for the Dublin fixture.

Leonardo Ghiraldini.
Leonardo Ghiraldini.
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ITALY HEAD COACH Jacques Brunel has made four changes from his side that lost to Scotland last time out ahead of their meeting with Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

The Azzurri are without captain and hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini (shoulder) and scrum-half Edoardo Gori (fractured rib) this weekend so Guglielmo Palazanni comes into the halfbacks and Davide Giazzon lines out in the front row.

Partnering Palazanni in the halfbacks will be his Zebre club-mate, fly-half Edoardo Padovani with Kelly Haimona dropping to the bench.

Brunel’s final change sees George Biagi return to the second row in place of the injured Joshua Furno.

Italy v Ireland (Saturday, 1.30pm)

15. David Odiete
14. Leonardo Sarto
13. Michele Campagnaro
12. Gonzalo Garcia
11. Mattia Bellini
10. Edoardo Padovani
9. Guglielmo Palazanni

1. Andrea Lovotti
2. Davide Giazzon
3. Lorenzo Cittadini
4. George Biagi
5. Marco Fuser
6. Francesco Minto
7. Alessandro Zanni
8. Sergio Parisse


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16. Oliviero Fabiani
17. Matteo Zanusso
18. Dario Chistolini
19. Quintin Geldenhuys
20. Abraham Steyn
21. Alberto Lucchese
22. Kelly Haimona
23. Luke McLean

Source: The42 Six Nations Show/SoundCloud

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