Italy team to face England in Six Nations

Matteo Minozzi in action for Wasps v Leicester Tigers Matteo Minozzi returns at fullback (Mike Egerton/PA)

Wasps full-back Matteo Minozzi returns for Italy in the only change made for Saturday’s Six Nations finale against England in Rome.

Minozzi missed last weekend’s 50-17 mauling by Ireland in order to appear in his club’s narrow Gallagher Premiership final defeat by Exeter on the same day.

Now available for international duty, the electric full-back has been promoted straight into the starting XV at the expense of Jayden Hayward.

Hooker Luca Bigi captains Franco Smith’s side at the Stadio Olimpico where England are looking to win the title.

Italy team to play England

Forwards: 1 Danilo Fischetti (Zebre Rugby Club), 2 Luca Bigi (Captain, Zebre Rugby Club), 3 Giosuè Zilocchi (Zebre Rugby Club), 4 Marco Lazzaroni (Benetton Rugby), 5 Niccolò Cannone (Benetton Rugby), 6 Sebastian Negri (Benetton Rugby), 7 Braam Steyn (Benetton Rugby), 8 Jake Polledri (Gloucester Rugby)

Backs: 9 Marcello Violi (Zebre Rugby Club), 10 Paolo Garbisi (Benetton Rugby), 11 Mattia Bellini (Zebre Rugby Club), 12 Carlo Canna (Zebre Rugby Club), 13 Luca Morisi (Benetton Rugby), 14 Edoardo Padovani (Benetton Rugby), 15 Matteo Minozzi (London Wasps)

Replacements: 16 Gianmarco Lucchesi (Benetton Rugby), 17 Simone Ferrari (Benetton Rugby), 18 Pietro Ceccarelli (Brive), 19 David Sisi (Zebre Rugby Club), 20 Johan Meyer (Zebre Rugby Club), 21 Maxime Mbanda’ (Zebre Rugby Club), 22 Guglielmo Palazzani (Zebre Rugby Club), 23 Federico Mori (Kawasaki Robot Calvisano)

*Denotes uncapped player

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