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Italy makes 1 change for South Africa test

November 20, 2014

PADUA, Italy (AP) — Italy has made one change to the team that lost narrowly to Argentina last week, bringing in Samuela Vunisa for his debut against South Africa.

The Fiji-born Vunisa was one of three debutants in Jacques Brunel’s squad for the November tests along with Zebre teammate Kelly Haimona, who has already impressed as Italy ended a year-long losing streak against Samoa before succumbing 20-18 to Argentina last week.

Treviso wing Simone Ragusi has not made an appearance.

Vunisa replaces flanker Simone Favaro, who hasn’t recovered from a neck muscle injury picked up in training.

“It’s a dream come true to wear the Italy shirt,” Vunisa says.

The bench remains the same.

Italy has lost all 11 of its matches against South Africa, including a 44-10 defeat in Durban last year.


Italy: Andrea Masi, Luke McLean, Michele Campagnaro, Luca Morisi, Leonardo Sarto, Kelly Haimona, Edoardo Gori; Sergio Parisse (captain), Samuela Vunisa, Alessandro Zanni, Joshua Furno, Quintin Geldenhuys, Martin Castrogiovanni, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Matias Aguero. Reserves: Andrea Manici, Alberto De Marchi, Dario Chistolini, Marco Bortolami, Francesco Minto, Guglielmo Palazzani, Luciano Orquera, Giulio Toniolatti.

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