Italy v France, Six Nations Championship, March 21
Mallett keeps faith with Italy team
March 19, 2009
Sergio Parisse will once again lead Italy in Rome © Getty Images
Italy coach Nick Mallett has decided against making any changes to his side as they prepare to take on France in their final game of the Six Nations. The Stadio Flaminio crowd saw their side narrowly lose out ton Wales last time out and Mallett has charged the players with producing another fiery performance this weekend.
Italy look certain to claim the Wooden Spoon once again, but will be anxious to claim a victory in their last game, as they did against Scotland last season. Mallett has been unable to call on Andrea Masi, the Biarritz utility back's neck injury keeping him out once again.
Andrea Marcato continues at fullback in Masi's absence, with Giulio Rubini winning his second cap on the wing. After an excellent performance against Wales the pack remains in tact, the front-row of Salvatore Perugini, Leonardo Ghiraldini and Carlos Nieto getting achance to front up against the French.
Italy: Andrea Marcato (Benetton Treviso); Giulio Rubini (Parma), Gonzalo Canale (Clermont-Aubergne), Mirco Bergamasco (Stade Francais), Matteo Pratichetti (Calvisano); Luke McLean (Calvisano), Paul Griffen (Calvisano); Salvatore Perugini (Stade Toulousain), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Calvisano), Carlos Nieto (Goucester), Santiago Dellape (Toulon), Marco Bortolami (Gloucester), Alessandro Zanni (Calvisano), Mauro Bergamasco (Stade Francais), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais).
Replacements: Franco Sbaraglini (Benetton Treviso), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester), Carlo Antonio Del Fava (Ulster), Josh Sole (Viadana), Pablo Canavosio (Viadana), Luciano Orquera (Brive), Roberto Quartaroli (Cariparma)