Licata gets first start as Italy seek repeat win over South Africa

1. Highly-rated flanker Giovanni Licata will make his first start for Italy as one of two changes to their side for the meeting with South Africa in Padua on Saturday.

2. Licata, 20, came off the bench in the victory over Fiji and defeat to Argentina this month, but has been drafted into the starting XV by coach Conor O’Shea for arguably the toughest encounter against the Springboks.

3. Team: 15-Jayden Hayward, 14-Angelo Esposito, 13-Tommaso Boni, 12-Tomasso Castello, 11-Mattia Bellini, 10-Carlo Canna, 9-Marcello Violi, 8-Sergio Parisse (captain), 7-Abraham Steyn, 6-Giovanni Licata, 5-Dean Budd, 4-Marco Fuser, 3-Simone Ferrari, 2-Luca Bigi, 1-Andrea Lovotti.

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