Castrogiovanni to return
Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni will return to action for Italy in Saturday's World Cup warm-up with Japan.
Last Updated: 16/08/07 6:22pm
Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni will return to action for Italy in Saturday's World Cup warm-up with Japan after a six-month injury-lay-off.
Castrogiovanni has been sidelined because of a knee injury but will play in the front row at Saint Vincent alongside captain Marco Bortolami, who has shrugged off a knock.
Italy play Ireland in their final warm-up on August 24 before starting their World Cup campaign against New Zealand on September 8.
Italy: 15-David Bortolussi; 14-Kaine Robertson, 13-Gonzalo Canale, 12-Mirco Bergamasco, 11-Marko Stanojevic; 10-Ramiro Pez, 9-Alessandro Troncon; 8-Sergio Parisse, 7-Mauro Bergamasco, 6-Alessandro Zanni, 5-Marco Bortolami, 4-Santiago Dellape, 3-Martin Castrogiovanni, 2-Carlo Festuccia, 1-Andrea Lo Cicero.