Cape Town - Italy coach Conor O'Shea made only one change from the side that
secured a historic 20-18 win over South Africa last weekend for their
third November Test against Tonga.
Andries van Schalkwyk, who
scored one of Italy's two tries against the crisis-hit Springboks in
Florence, is replaced in the second row by Quintin Geldenhuys.
Bloemfontein-born Van Schalkwyk came off injured in Florence and "is still recovering",
according to the Italian rugby federation (FIR).
promising summer tour of the Americas, Italy began their campaign under
O'Shea with a 68-10 hammering by the All Blacks in Rome a fortnight ago,
but bounced back in spectacular fashion to hand the 'Boks their first
defeat to Italy in 13 meetings.
The Azzurri host Tonga on Saturday
in Padova looking to make it two wins out of two. Italy have played
Tonga four times, winning three of the meetings.
O'Shea will announce his replacements bench on Thursday, said the FIR.
15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Giulio Bisegni, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luke McLean, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Giorgio Bronzini, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Marco Fuser, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Ornel Gega, 1 Sami Panico