Ian Foster and Kieran Crowley confirmed the teams of New Zealand and Italy respectively for the duel to be played at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, on Saturday at 9.50 am live on Star +.
On the side of the All Blacks the most resonant novelty is the return of captain Sam Cane as a starter. Meanwhile, the media couple will be made up of Brad Weber and Richie Mo’unga.
The absence of Brodie Retallick gives the possibility to the second line couple formed by Josh Lord and Tupou Vaa’i. Sam Whitelock will wait on the substitutes’ bench.
On the Italian side, two Argentines are a novelty. Ignacio Brex will play as a starter and number 12. While Iván Nemer, pillar, will be as a substitute waiting to make his debut.
ITALY: 15 Matteo Minozzi 14 Federico Mori 13 Ignacio Brex 12 Marco Zanon 11 Montanna Ioane 10 Paolo Gabrisi 9 Stephen Varney 8 Renato Giammarioli 7 Michele Lamaro (c) 6 Sebastian Negri 5 David Sisi 4 Marco Fuser 3 Marco Riccioni 2 Gianmarco Lucchesi 1 Danilo Fischeti
Substitutes: 16 Luca Brigi 17 Ivan Nemer 18 Pietro Ceccarelli 19 Niccolo Cannone 20 Federico Ruzza 21 Abraham Steyn 22 Callum Braley 23 Carlo Canna
NEW ZEALAND: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 Quinn Tupaea, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Luke Jacobson, 5 Josh Lord, 4 Tupou Vaa’i, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Dane Coles, 1 George Bower
Substitutes: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Ethan de Groot, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Samuel Whitelock, 20 Shannon Frizell, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 David Havili, 23 Jordie Barrett