Simone Favaro has returned to Italy's starting line-up for the visit of Ireland
Openside flanker Simone Favaro has returned to the starting line-up in one of three changes for Italy against Ireland.
Last Updated: 14/03/13 6:32pm
Coach Jacques Brunel also brought in Lorenzo Cittadini in place of injured Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni and loosehead Andrea Lo Cicero will collect a record 103rd cap after replacing Alberto De Marchi.
Italy, who lost 18-11 to England at Twickenham on Sunday, are fifth in the table and hope to both avoid the wooden spoon by beating fourth-placed Ireland for the first time in the tournament.
Favaro takes the place of Robert Barbieri, who picked up a knock in south-west London, and Castrogiovanni is still recovering from the muscle strain which forced him off during the England game.
Italy: Masi, Venditti, Canale, Garcia, McLean, Orquera, Gori, Lo Cicero, Ghiraldini, Cittadini, Geldenhuys, Furno, Zanni, Favaro, Parisse.
Replacements: Giazzon, Rizzo, De Marchi, Pavanello, Minto, Derbyshire, Botes, Benvenuti.