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Parisse and Castrogiovanni to set Italy record

February 20, 2014

ROME (AP) — Italy captain Sergio Parisse and Martin Castrogiovanni will each make a record-breaking 104th appearance for their country in Saturday’s Six Nations match against Scotland.

The duo will surpass the retired Andrea Lo Cicero’s record number of appearances for Italy, 12 years after making their debuts.

“Obviously it’s a nice thing but I’m not here thinking about the games I’ve played, that I will play or the record because that’s not rugby for me,” Castrogiovanni said. “For me rugby is my team, my teammates, going out onto the pitch. All the rest doesn’t matter to me.

“I saw a photo today of Sergio and me in our first match together and one of our last match. What stood out for me was how much thinner he was and how much more hair he had.”

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made three changes to the starting lineup which lost 30-10 in France in its last match.

Benetton Treviso winger Angelo Esposito returns in place of Tommaso Iannone for his second Italy cap.

The other two changes are in the back row, where Benetton Treviso pair Roberto Barbieri and Alessandro Zanni replace Mauro Bergamasco and Francesco Minto.

Tommaso Allan retains his place at flyhalf to face Scotland, which he played for at Under-20 level.

Both Italy and Scotland have lost their opening two matches.


Team: Luke McLean, Angelo Esposito, Michele Campagnaro, Gonzalo Garcia, Leonardo Sarto, Tommaso Allan, Edoardo Gori; Sergio Parisse (captain), Roberto Barbieri, Alessandro Zanni, Joshua Furno, Quintin Geldenhuys, Martin Castrogiovani, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Alberto de Marchi. Reserves: Davide Giazzon, Matias Aguero, Lorenzo Cittadini, Marco Bortolami, Paul Derbyshire, Tobias Botes, Luciano Orquera, Tommaso Iannone.

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