Tito Tebaldi recalled by Italy for Brisbane Test with Australia
Last Updated: 22/06/17 1:10pm
Italy coach Conor O'Shea has made three changes for Saturday's Test against Australia in Brisbane, live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 5.55am.
O'Shea brought in scrum-half Tito Tebaldi to the starting side for the first time in three years, with Andries Van Schalkwyk at No 8 and Marco Lazzaroni in line for a debut off the bench.
The changes follow Italy's loss to Fiji in Suva last weekend, Ben Volavola slotting a last-minute drop-goal to give his side a 22-19 victory.
"We came so close - we should have beaten Fiji on the balance looking back on the game but we know this is a step-up in class," O'Shea said.
"We've a lot of changes to make, we're on a huge growth curve in Italian rugby.
"Changes that should have been made years ago, we're making now with group of young players who are learning a lot, getting better."
Six changes for Australia
Stephen Moore returns to the starting line-up as Michael Cheika rings the changes
Italy: 15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Tommaso Boni, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Tito Tebaldi; 1 Andrea Lovotti, 2 Luca Bigi, 3 Simone Ferrari, 4 Marco Fuser, 5 Dean Budd, 6 Francesco Minto (c), 7 Maxime Mbanda, 8 Andries van Schalkwyk.
Replacements: 16 Ornel Gega, 17 Federico Zani, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 Marco Lazzaroni, 20 Abraham Steyn, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Carlo Canna, 23 Tommaso Benvenuti.