Conor O'Shea makes four changes for Italy's visit to Twickenham

Italy have made four changes to the team thrashed by Ireland for Sunday's RBS 6 Nations match with holders England at Twickenham.

Head coach Conor O'Shea's side were thumped 63-10 by Ireland in Rome last time out, coming on the back of a 33-7 home loss to Wales on the tournament's opening weekend.

Three of the changes come in the backs with Tommaso Allan replacing Carlo Canna at fly-half, Michele Campagnaro coming in for Tommaso Benvenuti at outside centre and Giulio Bisegni taking over from Angelo Esposito on the right wing.

The other alteration comes in the back row where Braam Steyn replaces Maxime Mbanda at blindside flanker.

Canna, Benvenuti and Mbanda are on the bench where both props are switched. Michele Rizzo replaced the injured Dario Chistolini in Italy's squad earlier this week and will provide loosehead cover, while Pietro Ceccarelli is also included.

Esposito misses out altogether on the matchday squad.


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