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Azzurri ring changes despite win

Italy coach Nick Mallett has made six changes to the squad which beat France last weekend for their final RBS 6 Nations match of the year against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The Azzurri go into the encounter inspired by the 22-21 triumph over France in Rome, their first win in the competition this year.

Treviso's Alberto Sgarbi replaces Gonzalo Garcia at centre while club team-mate Kris Burton takes Luciano Orquera's place at number nine.

Italy flanker Paul Derbyshire will earn his first Six Nations start in Scotland.

Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni is the only player in Italy's first line that has kept his spot with respect to the game against France, with Leonardo Ghiraldini and Salvatore Perugini returning to the team. Lock Quintin Geldenhuys will also start after being relegated to the replacements bench against Les Bleus.

Italy are currently fifth in the standings, two points clear of bottom side Scotland.

Team: A Masi (Racing Metro); T Benvenuti (Treviso), G Canale (Clermont Auvergne), A Sgarbi (Treviso), Mirco Bergamasco (Stade Francais); K Burton (Treviso), F Semenzato (Treviso); S Perugini (Aironi), L Ghiraldini (Treviso), M Castrogiovanni (Leicester), C Del Fava (Aironi), Q Geldenhuys (Aironi), A Zanni (Treviso), P Derbyshire (Treviso), S Parisse (Stade Francais).

Replacements: C Festuccia (Racing Metro), A Lo Cicero (Racing Metro), V Bernabo (Treviso), R Barbieri (Treviso), P Canavosio (Aironi), L Orquera (Brive), L McLean (Treviso).


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