Matteo Minozzi is the only substitute for the Italian side who lost in Ireland last week when they host England in Rome for the Six Nations Super Saturday 2020; Eddie Jones’ English team will be champions if they win and the other results go their way
Last Updated: 29/10/20 17:37
Matteo Minozzi was recalled by Italy for Saturday’s clash against England as the Azzurri chase after their first Guinness Six Nations win of the year.
The Wasps full-back missed last weekend’s 50-17 defeat to Ireland, having featured for the club in their last Premier League defeat to Exeter at Twickenham.
Italy head coach Franco Smith has brought Minozzi back, replacing Jayden Hayward as full-back.
The switchover was the only change Italy has made, with Smith keeping up with the talented youngster Paolo Garbisi after an exhilarating debut last weekend, where he finished it off with his first international try.
He was joined at center back by Marcello Violi, while Carlo Canna and Luca Morisi joined in the center.
Another Azzurri scorer from last weekend’s defeat in Dublin, Edoardo Padovani, maintained his position on the right flank and formed a back three alongside Mattia Bellini and full-back Minozzi.
Hooker Luca Bigi was once again given the captain’s armband and flanked by Danilo Fischetti and Giosue Zilocchi, while Marco Lazzaroni and Niccolo Cannone started in the second row.
Sebastian Negri and Braam Steyn will play on the flanker, while Jake Polledri continues at No.8.
There was one further change on the bench for Italy, with Guglielmo Palazzani replacing Callum Braley.
“In Ireland we saw glimpses of our game and something positive, but we are aware that we have a lot of work ahead of us,” said Smith.
“We are a young team that wants to emerge. We are continuing our journey to build the right identity”
Italy, who have returned to bottom, have lost their last 26 Six Nations matches, five years ago and met the English side who would have won if they won and the result from France vs Ireland went their way.
Italy: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Edoardo Padovani, 13 Luca Morisi, 12 Carlo Canna, 11 Mattia Bellini, 10 Paolo Garbisi, 9 Marcello Violi, 8 Jake Polledri, 7 Braam Steyn, 6 Sebastian Negri, 5 Niccolo Cannone, 4 Marco Lazzaroni, 3 Giosue Zilocchi, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Danilo Fischetti
Replacement: 16 Gianmarco Lucchesi, 17 Simone Ferrari, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 David Sisi, 20 Johan Meyer, 21 Maxime Mbanda, 22 Guglielmo Palazzani, 23 Federico Mori.