Italy puts faith in new gen­er­a­tion

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

ITALY’S new coach Conor O’Shea has gam­bled on a youth­ful line-up sprin­kled with a few old heads for his first home match in charge, against the All Blacks on Novem­ber 12.

The Ir­ish­man has handed Tre­viso’s Gior­gio Bronzini an in­ter­na­tional de­but at scrum in an untested half-back part­ner­ship with Carlo Canna, who has only 12 caps to his name.

But he has also re­called skip­per Ser­gio Parisse, who will win a record 120th cap in the back row, and vet­eran hooker Leonardo Ghi­ral­dini, for whom it will be an 82nd in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ance.

Both men missed the sum­mer tour of the Amer­i­cas in which O’Shea’s squad lost to Ar­gentina but se­cured nar­row vic­to­ries over the United States and Canada.

Parisse will be break­ing the ap­pear­ances record he had shared with Martin Cas­tro­gio­vanni.

The Ar­gen­tinian-born prop has not played since be­ing sus­pended by his French club Rac­ing 92 ear­lier this year over an unau­tho­rised party trip to Las Ve­gas.

Adding to the quo­tient of ex­pe­ri­ence in the start­ing XV is Aus­tralian­born Luke Mclean, who also wins his 82nd cap, at in­side cen­tre.

O’Shea’s back three of full­back Edoardo Padovani and wings Gi­ulio Bisegni and An­gelo Es­pos­ito have just 12 in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ances be­tween them.

The sec­ond row com­bi­na­tion of South African-born An­dries Van Schalkyk and Marco Fuser is un­tried and flanker Maxime Mbanda will be mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance on Italian soil after winning his first two caps against the USA and Canada.

It will be the 14th meeting be­tween the two coun­tries with New Zealand hav­ing won all the pre­vi­ous en­coun­ters. –

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