Six Nations: Italy Make Five Changes To Face Ireland

Six Nations: Italy Make Five Changes To Face Ireland

Conor O'Shea has made five changes to his starting XV that faced Wales in round two of the Six Nations. Tito Tebaldi comes into the starting XV after withdrawing from the clash with Scotland due to an injury.  Sergio Parisse misses the clash after he picked up an injury during Stade Francais' Top 14 clash with Lyon. 

Braam Steyn replaces Parisse at no.8 while Maxime Manda starts on the flank. Andrea Lovotti has recovered from the flu and starts, while Leonardo Ghiraldini takes the captains armband in the absence of Sergio Parisse. Edoardo Padovani starts on the wing after scoring a try in the first two rounds of the competition. 

Among the Italy replacements is fly-half Ian McKinley, who is set to play against the country of his birth. McKinley was forced to retire after losing sight in his left eye but moved to Italy and re-booted his career in 2013.

Italy Line-up to face Ireland

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