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italy squad mamuka gorgodzecap italiaone man band game

italy squad mamuka gorgodzecap italiaone man band game

italy squad mamuka gorgodzecap italiaone man band game
italy squad mamuka gorgodzecap italiaone man band game
Captain Sergio Parisse (with ball) will miss Italy's game against Georgia AFP / File

Italy captain Sergio Parisse on Thursday was ruled out of the Azzurri team for Saturday's opening November Test match against Georgia in Florence.one man band game

Flanker Parisse is struggling with a calf problem that sidelined him for a month in September, before returning 2 weeks ago for Stade Francais.

Conn O'Shea has reshuffled his pack with Bram Steyn taking the 35-year-old's place with the coach of Australia and world champions New Zealand.

"At the beginning of the week we knew that Parisse had a small problem, he could hardly play, so we tried to understand how to do without him," said O'Shea.

"We were not able to think about this match and we aim to recover him for all blacks, maybe also for the game against Australia."

Italy play Australia in Padua on November 17 and New Zealand in Rome the following weekend.

Italy suffered a heavy 54-7 defeat to Six Nations champions Ireland in their Autumn Series international at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday.

Wing Luca Sperandio comes in Matteo Minozzi, Edoardo Padovani and Jayden Hayward injured, while Leonardo Ghiraldini takes the captain's armband.

"The back row in Chicago played well, but I would like to get back to Japan in the very well, who are in June," Irisman O'Shea explained.

"I'm sure Luca will do a great job for us: he's a good athlete on high balls and with a great 'X-factor'.

"Sperandio is very fast, solid in defense, able to beat opponents in one on those: If we can create spaces for him in attack, he can be very dangerous."

It will be the second test meeting between Italy and Georgia, who are coached by New Zealander Milton Haig. The two countries last played in 2003 ahead of the World Cup in Australia, a game Italy, then coached by John Kirwan, won 31-22.

Georgia has been pushing for inclusion in the Six Nations, a tournament in which Italy is the weakest team, with their last win going back to February 2015 against Scotland.

"We know that they are waiting for this game for a year, I'm not stupid to ignore everything behind it," said O'Shea.

"But for us our future is Saturday, it's this match. We must forget the talk around the Six Nations but think that the rugby needs these matches, we need to widen the comparison, we can only think about those four or five teams can win the World Cup

"Georgia has been doing great work for years, but we need to think about our process, our path."

Italy (15-1)

Luca Sperandio; Tommaso Benvenuti, Michele Campagnaro, Tommaso Castello, Mattia Bellini; Tommaso Allan, Tito Tebaldi; Abraham Steyn, Jake Polledri, Sebastian Negri; Dean Budd, Alessandro Zanni; Simone Ferrari, Leonardo Ghiraldini (capt), Andrea Lovotti

Replacements: Luca Bigi, Cherif Traorè, Tiziano Pasquali, Marco Fuser, Johan Meyer, Guglielmo Palazzani, Carlo Canna, Luca Morisi.italy squad mamuka gorgodzecap italiaone man band game
Georgia (15-1)

Iosed Matiashvili; Giorgi Koshadze, Merab Sharikadze (capt); Tamaz Mchedlidze, Zurabi Dzneladze, Lasha Khmaladze, Vasil Lobzhanidze, Beka Gorgadze, Giorgi Tsutskiridze, Otari Giorgadze, Lasha Lomidze, Nodar Cheishvili, Davit Kubriashvili, Jaba Bregvadze, Mikheil Nariashvili.

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