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Vosawai at 8

Arin Kumar
Friday, June 06, 2014

GUGLIELMO Palazzani will make his debut for Italy against Fiji tomorrow.

The Zebre half-back was named in the starting line-up by Italian coach Jacques Brunel for the tenth Test match to be played between the two nations.

Another notable name in the starting line-up is that of number 8 Manoa Vosawai who is the first Fijian to play for the Italians.

Brunel said the Vosawai, who has 14 caps for the Azzuri, would be key man in their side.

"He is the best possible choice we have at that position," Brunel said through a translator.

"We know him very well and has played very well and before him it was Sergio Parisse so now it's a chance for him to get his name there."

Italy captain Quintin Geldenhuys said they were trying to blend in younger players through more game time.

"I am quite confident and we have a good bunch of young and experienced players to work with and we want to start our tour on a high note," he said.

"It's a big game for him (Palazzani), he was quite unfortunate he never got a chance in the 6 Nations and we want to see what he has to offer."

Geldenhuys said they were desperate for a win because they would be facing Samoa and Japan in their next two matches.

"We struggled in 6 Nations since we didn't get a win."

"Generally our pack of forwards is the strong point we have and we are going to start the game with that.

"But we are not going to keep it there because we also want to play an open game too and so we are going to try and play expansive rugby."

Italy: Matias Aguero, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Lorenzo Cittadini, Quintin Geldenhuys, Marco Bortolami, Joshua Furno, Mauro Bergamasco, Manoa Vosawai, Guglielmo Palazzani, Luciano Orquera, Giovambattista Venditti, Alberto Sgarbi, Michele Campagnaro, Leonardo Sarto, Luke Mclean.

Reserves: Davide Giazzon, Andrea De Marchi, Alberto De Marchi, George Fabio Biagi, Paul Derbyshire, Tito Tebaldi, Tommaso Allan, Andrea Masi.

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