Danilo Fischetti and Luca Morisi are set to start for Italy as Kieran Crowley’s men travel to Twickenham Stadium for a second round Guinness Six Nations match-up with England.

It will be consecutive starts in the Championship for the Exiles pairing, taking on an England side reeling from a Calcutta Cup loss to Scotland in the national stadium last weekend.

The Azzurri also suffered a defat on home soil to reigning champions France to open the tournament, a converted fourth quarter Matthieu Jalibert try the difference in the 29-24 final score.

Fischetti made 46 metres in seven carries, nine tackles and six broken tackles (joint-highest in the game), whilst Morisi also performed commendably in the loss with 73 running metres and the highest tackle count amongst Italian backs (12).

The match is set to take place this Sunday (12th), kicking-off at 3pm and will be televised live on ITV.


Best of luck, lads!


Italy squad to face England

15 Ange CAPUOZZO (Stade Toulousain, 8 caps)

14 Edoardo PADOVANI (Benetton Rugby, 41 caps)

13 Juan Ignacio BREX (Benetton Rugby, 19 caps)

12 Luca MORISI (London Irish, 40 caps)

11 Tommaso MENONCELLO (Benetton Rugby, 7 caps)

10 Tommaso ALLAN (Harlequins, 67 caps)

9 Stephen VARNEY (Gloucester Rugby, 17 caps)

8 Lorenzo CANNONE (Benetton Rugby, 4 caps)

7 Michele LAMARO (Benetton Rugby, 22 caps) – capitano

6 Sebastian NEGRI (Benetton Rugby, 41 caps)

5 Federico RUZZA (Benetton Rugby, 37 caps)

4 Niccolò CANNONE (Benetton Rugby, 26 caps)

3 Marco RICCIONI (Saracens Rugby, 17 caps)

2 Giacomo NICOTERA (Benetton Rugby, 8 caps)

1 Danilo FISCHETTI (London Irish, 26 caps)


A disposizione

16 Luca BIGI (Zebre Parma 43 caps)

17 Federico ZANI (Benetton Rugby, 17 caps)

18 Simone FERRARI (Benetton Rugby, 41 caps)

19 Edoardo IACHIZZI (Vannes, 1 cap)

20 Jake POLLEDRI (Gloucester Rugby, 19 caps)

21 Manuel ZULIANI (Benetton Rugby, 7 caps)

22 Alessandro FUSCO (Zebre Parma, 6 caps)

23 Pierre BRUNO (Zebre Parma, 8 caps)

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