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Polledri returns to Italy starting line-up for Six Nations clash with France

Polledri returns to Italy starting line-up for Six Nations clash with France
Conor O’Shea has made five changes to his Italy side as they take on France at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday afternoon, Jake Polledri returning to the starting line-up.

The 23-year-old flanker missed the first three rounds of action as he recovered from an ankle injury, but returned to feature as a replacement in last weekend’s defeat at the hands of England at Twickenham.

Polledri’s inclusion is one of four changes to the pack, David Sisi is back in the second row for the injured Dean Budd, while Tiziano Pasquali and Leonardo Ghiraldini return to the front row.

The only change to the back line sees Benetton centre Marco Zanon set to make his debut.

Italy:

  1. Jayden Hayward (Benetton Rugby); 14. Edoardo PadovanI (Zebre Rugby Club), 13. Marco Zanon (Benetton Rugby), 12. Luca Morisi (Benetton Rugby), 11. Angelo Esposito (Benetton Rugby); 10. Tommaso Allan (Benetton Rugby), 9. Tito Tebaldi (Benetton Rugby); 1. Andrea Lovotti (Zebre Rugby Club), 2. Leonardo Ghiraldini (Stade Toulousain), 3. Tiziano Pasquali (Benetton Rugby); 4. David Sisi (Zebre Rugby Club), 5. Federico Ruzza (Benetton Rugby); 6. Braam Steyn (Benetton Rugby), 7. Jake Polledri (Gloucester Rugby), 8. Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais) – captain


Replacements:

  1. Luca Bigi (Benetton Rugby), 17. Cherif Traore (Benetton Rugby), 18. Simone Ferrari (Benetton Rugby), 19. Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Rugby), 20. Sebastian Negri (Benetton Rugby), 21. Guglielmo Palazzani (Zebre Rugby Club), 22. Ian McKinley (Benetton Rugby), 23. Luca Sperandio (Benetton Rugby)

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