Dino Lamb returns to Italy side for game against New Zealand

Paolo Garbisi will start at fly-half for Italy
Paolo Garbisi will start at fly-half for Italy
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Italy head coach Kieran Crowley has made several changes to the starting line up for the upcoming Rugby World Cup game against New Zealand to be played in Lyon on Friday.

As Lorenzo Pani is omitted from the side, Tommaso Allan makes a shift to fullback with Paolo Garbisi starting at fly-half while Ange Capuozzo moves to right wing with Monty Ioane at left.

Juan Ignacio Brex and Luca Morisi form midfield combination while Stephen Varney replaces Alessandro Garbisi at scrum-half.

While there are no changes in the back-row, Dino Lamb comes into the second row at the expense of Niccolo Cannone, who drops down to the bench.

Crowley has made no changes to the front-row with Giacomo Nicotera being the preferred hooker on either side of props Marco Riccioni and Danilo Fischetti.

Italy are positioned second in Pool A table of the Rugby World Cup with two wins from as many games.

Italy: 15 Tommaso Allan, 14 Ange Capuozzo, 13 Juan Ignacio Brex, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Paolo Garbisi, 9 Stephen Varney, 8 Lorenzo Cannone, 7 Michele Lamaro (c), 6 Sebastian Negri, 5 Federico Ruzza, 4 Dino Lamb, 3 Marco Riccioni, 2 Giacomo Nicotera, 1 Danilo Fischetti

Reserves: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Ivan Nemer, 18 Simone Ferrari, 19 Niccolo Cannone, 20 Manuel Zuliani, 21 Toa Halafihi, 22 Martin Page-Relo, 23 Paolo Odogwu


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