Six Nations 2014: Italy captain Sergio Parisse fit for England clash

Six Nations 2014: Italy captain Sergio Parisse is restored to the Azzurri XV for the clash against England

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Italy captain Sergio Parisse Photo: Pierre Selim, via Flickr

Sergio Parisse has recovered from injury to take his place in the Italy starting XV as England head to Rome in search of tries.

The Stade Français number eight and Italy captain missed the 46-7 defeat by Ireland in Dublin with a thigh problem.

The Italy captain is one of three changes to Jacque Brunel’s side hoping to cause a major upset by achieving their inaugural win against England and their first of this year’s Six Nations.

Treviso flanker Paul Derbyshire drops to the bench to accommodate Parisse’s return, with Robert Barieri reverting to the openside after taking his captain’s place at the back of the scrum last week.

Talismanic prop Martin Castrogiovanni remains injured after going off in Dublin and is replaced on the tighthead by Lorenzo Cittadini with Matias Agüero coming in on the loosehead in place of Alberto de Marchi who drops to the bench.

Luciano Orquera retains his place at outside-half ahead of Perpignan’s Tommaso Allan with Ospreys scrum-half Tito Tebaldi also keeping his place.

Zebre second rower George Biagi could make his debut if he comes off the bench.

Italy: Luke McLean (Treviso); Angelo Esposito (Treviso), Michele Campagnaro (Treviso), Gonzalo Garcia (Zebre), Leonardo Sarto (Zebre); Luciano Orquera (Zebre), Tito Tebaldi (Ospreys); Matias Agüero (Zebre), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Quintin Geldenhuys (Zebre), Marco Bortolami (Zebre), Joshua Furno (Biarritz), Robert Barbieri (Treviso), Sergio Parisse (Stade Français, captain).

Replacements: Davide Giazzon (Zebre), Michele Rizzo (Treviso), Alberto de Marchi (Treviso), George Biagi (Zebre), Paul Derbyshire (Treviso); Edoardo Gori (Treviso), Tommaso Allan (Perpignan), Andrea Masi (London Wasps).

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