Rugby

Bok conquerers Italy change 1 for Tonga

2016-11-23 11:30
Quintin Geldenhuys (AFP)

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).

Following a 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.

Teams:

Italy

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

Substitutes: TBC

Tonga

TBA

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