Nov 10 (Reuters) – Italy will rely on a blend youth and experience when they face New Zealand in Rome on Saturday in new coach Conor O’Shea’s first test on home soil.
Giorgio Bronzini will make his international debut in an untested half-back pairing with Carlo Canna, who has 12 caps, against an All Blacks side looking to get back on track after a shock 40-29 defeat by Ireland in Chicago on Saturday.
In 14 meetings, team Italy has not been beaten by Irishman O’Shea. Veteran hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini also comes into the side, with Australian-born Luke McLean at inside centre.
Fullback Edoardo Padovani is at the heart of a back three that has 12 international caps between them, along with wings Giulio Bisegni and Angelo Esposito.