22 Feb 2013

Vosawei replaces suspended Parisse in Italian pack

1:54 pm on 22 February 2013

Fiji-born Manoa Vosawei will replace the suspended No.8 Sergio Parisse for Italy's Six Nations rugby game against Wales in Rome this weekend.

The Italian skipper and spearhead was hit with a 30-day ban from all rugby by the French rugby authorities for swearing at a referee while playing for his club Stade Francais in a Top 14 league match.

Italy coach Jacques Brunel made four changes to the side that started in the 32-10 loss to Scotland in Edinburgh two weeks ago.

The halfback positions go to Kristopher Burton at first five and Edoardo Gori at halfback in place of Luciano Orquera and Tobias Botes, who both flopped against the Scots.

In the pack, apart from the Parisse change, Antonio Pavenello of Treviso gets the nod at lock ahead of Quintin Geldenhuys, who was first choice in the opening win over France and against Scotland.

The 29-year-old Vosawai has been playing his club rugby in Italy since 2004 and has won 10 caps for his adopted country.

The captaincy on Saturday goes to veteran prop Martin Castrogiovanni, who will be winning his 94th cap.