Six Nations 2015: Italy make four changes for England
Mauro Bergamasco and Marco Bortolami come back into the Azzurri team after missing the opening round defeat to Ireland
Italy have made four changes for their visit to Twickenham on Saturday to take on England.
Centurion forwards Mauro Bergamasco (pictured) and Marco Bortolami both return after missing the 26-3 to Ireland in Rome last Saturday.
Bergamasco comes in on the blindside for his 101st international cap, replacing Alessandro Zanni, who partially tore his ACL in the Ireland defeat, while lock Bortolami wins his 111th cap, being preferred to Newcastle Falcons lock Joshua Furno.
A third change up front sees Sale Sharks loosehead prop Alberto de Marchi come in for Matias Agüero, who drops to the bench along with Furno.
A championship-ending knee injury to outside centre Michele Campagnaro means head coach Jacques Brunel has been forced to rework his versatile backline, but makes just one personnel change.
Sale’s Luke McLean switches from the left wing to full-back with Wasps man Andrea Masi moving from full-back to inside centre.
Treviso centre Luca Morisi moves from 12 to 13 to take Campagnaro’s place and Zebre’s Giovambattista Venditti slots in on the left wing as he did four minutes before the end of the Ireland defeat.
England head coach Stuart Lancaster will confirm his team on Thursday morning.
Italy: Luke McLean (Sale Sharks); Leonardo Sarto (Zebre), Luca Morisi, (Treviso), Andrea Masi (Wasps), Giovanbattista Venditti (Zebre); Kelly Haimona (Zebre), Edoardo Gori (Treviso); Alberto de Marchi (Sale Sharks), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Leicester Tigers), Martin Castrogiovanni (Toulon), George Fabio Biagi (Zebre), Marco Bortolami (Zebre), Mauro Bergamasco (Zebre), Francesco Minto (Treviso), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais, captain)
Replacements: Andrea Manici (Zebre), Matias Agüero (Zebre), Dario Chistolini (Zebre), Joshua Furno (Newcastle Falcons), Samuela Vunisa (Zebre); Guglielmo Palazzani (Zebre), Tommaso Allan (Perpignan), Giulio Bisegni (Zebre).