ROME (AP) - Italy coach Jacques Brunel has again been forced to change his injury-hit side ahead of the visit of Scotland on Saturday, with both teams looking for their first win of the Six Nations.
Lock George Biagi fractured a rib during Italy’s 40-9 defeat to England and is sidelined along with fly-half Carlo Canna, who has a muscle injury. Ornel Gega is also out after fracturing a cheekbone.
Biagi will be replaced by Joshua Furno, who missed the first two Six Nations matches with injury, while Kelly Haimona comes in for Canna and will partner Edoardo Gori, who makes his 50th appearance for Italy at the age of 25.
Hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini has also recovered from an injury he sustained during the World Cup and is back for his first appearance since November.
Mogliano back David Odiete, who made his Italy debut in the narrow defeat in France in the tournament opener, returns from an ankle knock.
Italy still has a number of other regulars sidelined by injuries, including Andrea Masi, Tommaso Allan, Simone Favaro, Quintin Geldenhuys, Michele Rizzo, Luca Morisi, and Andrea Manici.
The match is traditionally seen as the wooden spoon decider.
Italy won in Scotland last year to avoid the wooden spoon and avenge defeat in the previous tournament. Scotland hasn’t won in the Six Nations since beating Italy in Rome in February 2014.
Italy: David Odiete, Leonardo Sarto, Michele Campagnaro, Gonzalo Garcia, Mattia Bellini, Kelly Haimona, Edoardo Gori; Sergio Parisse (captain), Alessandro Zanni, Francesco Minto, Joshua Furno, Marco Fuser, Lorenzo Cittadini, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Andrea Lovotti. Reserves: Davide Giazzon, Matteo Zanusso, Martin Castrogiovanni, Valerio Bernabo, Andries van Schalkwyk, Guglielmo Palazzani, Edoardo Padovani, Andrea Pratichetti.
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