Troncon makes Italy return

Alessandro Troncon will earn his 100th Test cap when he lines up for Italy against Portugal in the World Cup Pool C match at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

Alessandro Troncon will earn his 100th Test cap when he lines up for Italy against Portugal in the World Cup Pool C match at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old scrum-half returns to the Azzurri’s starting XV after dropping to the bench for their 24-18 win over Romania in Marseille last week.

Only seven of the team that scraped to victory over the Romanians are retained by coach Pierre Berbizier.

Behind the scrum, full-back David Bortolussi and centre Gonzalo Canale are spared the drop, while experienced quintet Andrea Lo Cicero, Martin Castrogiovanni, Marco Bortolami, Mauro Bergamasco and Sergio Parisse are the survivors in the pack.

Parisse will move to openside flanker to accommodate the inclusion of number eight Manoa Vosawai, while Carlo Del Fava comes in at lock and Leonardo Ghiraldini at hooker.

Pablo Canavosio and Matteo Pratichetti are the new wingers and Andrea Masi replaces Mirco Bergamasco in midfield.

Roland de Marigny, who started for the Italians in their defeat to New Zealand in Marseille a week and a half ago, returns at fly-half.

Italy team for Wednesday’s Pool C match against Portugal at the Parc des Princes: D Bortolussi; P Canavosio, G Canale, A Masi, M Pratichetti; R de Marigny, A Troncon; A Lo Cicero, L Ghiraldini, M Castrogiovanni, C Del Fava, M Bortolami (capt), S Parisse, M Bergamasco, M Vosawai.

Replacements: F Ongaro, M Aguero, S Perugini, V Bernabo, S Orlando, P Griffen, E Galon.

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