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Conor O’Shea Names Italy Starting XV To Face Wales On Sunday

Italy's Irish head coach Conor O'Shea (L) gestures as he speaks Italy's number 8 Sergio Parisse (R) during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Italy at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille, southeastern France, on February 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / boris HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Conor O’Shea has made just one change to his starting XV for the Azzuri’s clash against Wales in the Principality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Zebre’s Giulio Bisegni replaces Tommaso Boni at 13 as Italy seek to pick up their first win of the campaign following heavy defeats to England, Ireland and France.

The starting pack remains unchanged with experienced campaigners such as hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini, Second-row Alessandro Zanni and skipper Sergio Parisse as well as in-form youngster Sebastian Negri.

O’Shea makes three changes on the bench with Oliviero Fabiani, Giovanni Licata and Guglielmo Palazzani coming onto the bench after missing out on the defeat to France in Marseille last time out.

Italy have played well in patches especially behind the scrum with Zebre full-back Matteo Minozzi catching the eye.

But they have really struggled for consistency, with their defence really shaky and their set-piece – a traditional strength – failing to impose itself and coming off second best thus far.

They will be looking for a first win over the hosts since 2007 and their first-ever win on Welsh soil. As expected, they are currently propping up the 6 Nations table as we enter the penultimate weekend.

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