23 Nov 2018

Just one change to Italy team to meet All Blacks

6:29 am on 23 November 2018

Wing Luca Sperandio has been drafted in for the injured Mattia Bellini in the only change to Italy's rugby side for their game against the All Blacks in Rome this weekend.

Italy rugby coach Conor O'Shea.


Coach Conor O'Shea kept faith with the side that lost 26-7 to Australia in Padua last weekend, where Bellini scored Italy's only try.

"A great challenge awaits us against the current world champions. We must have the same approach against Australia in the field," O'Shea said.

"We want to end the November test matches with a good performance playing our best rugby."

Italy have lost to Ireland and Australia this month but did beat Georgia 28-17 in Florence, where Sperandio started the match.



The All Blacks have won all 13 previous tests between the two countries.

Team: 15-Jayden Hayward, 14-Tommaso Benvenuti, 13-Michele Campagnaro, 12-Tommaso Castello, 11-Luca Sperandio, 10-Tommaso Allan, 9-Tito Tebaldi, 8-Braam Steyn, 7-Jake Polledri, 6-Sebastian Negri, 5-Dean Budd, 4-Alessandro Zanni, 3-Simone Ferrari, 2-Leonardo Ghiraldini (captain), 1-Andrea Lovotti

Replacements: 16-Luca Bigi, 17-Cherif Traore, 18-Tiziano Pasquali, 19-Marco Fuser, 20-Johan Meyer, 21-Guglielmo Palazzani, 22-Luca Morisi, 23-Edoardo Padovani.