Italy will debut before Scotland by first date of the Autumn Nations Cup. That is why the coach Frank smith confirmed to the headlines that they will be from the start against the Scots in the duel that can be seen on Saturday from 9.30am live on ESPN 3 and ESPN Play, and relive at 2pm, on ESPN Extra.
The match, which will be played at the Artemio Franchi of Florence, will have as a novelty the return of Matteo Minozzi. The London Wasp fullback had suffered a broken nasal septum in the Six Nations game against England. Further Leonardo Ghiraldini (104 games) could put on the Italy shirt again after a 20-month absence.
“An interesting tournament begins and we are eager to go out on the field to face this new challenge. We have worked well these days, with the passion and motivation as always. There will be other young players who will be able to take the field for the first time with the national team together with those who made the history of this shirt: a perfect mix to help build the identity of our team “, said Frank smith when announcing the team.
Italy: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Jacopo Trulla, 13, Marco Zanon, 12 Carlo Canna, 11 Mattia Bellini, 10 Paolo Garbisi, 9 Marcello Violi, 8 Jake Polledri, 7 Braam Steyn, 6 Sebastian Negri, 5 Niccolò Cannone, 4 Marco Lazzaroni, 3 Giosuè Zilocchi, 2 Luca Bigi (C), 1 Danilo Fischetti
Alternates: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Simone Ferrari, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 Johan Meyer, 20 Maxime Mbanda, 21 Stephen Varney, 22 Tommaso Allan and 23 Federico Mori.