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Captain Castro to lead Italy

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Leicester Tigers prop Martin Castrogiovanni will captain Italy against Wales in the RBS 6 Nations on Saturday.

Castrogiovanni, who wins his 94th cap, takes over the captaincy from the suspended Sergio Parisse after also leading his country to victory in the summer Tests against Canada and the USA.

Italy have made four changes with Kristopher Burton and Edoardo Gori starting at half-back, Ratu Manoa Vosawai at No8 and Antonio Pavanello in the second row.

Italy have beaten Wales twice previously in Rome - in 2003 and 2007 – but this is their first Championship meeting at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Italy versus Wales game will be shown live in the Final Whistle at Welford Road from 2.30pm, with England against France to follow at 5pm ahead of Leicester Tigers and Saracens in the Aviva Premiership at 8pm.

Italy: 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Giovambattista Venditti, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Gonzalo Canale, 11 Luke McLean, 10 Kristopher Burton, 9 Edoardo Gori, 1 Andrea Lo Cicero, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni (c), 4 Antonio Pavanello, 5 Francesco Minto, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 7 Simone Favaro, 8 Ratu Manoa Vosawai.
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Quintin Geldenhuys, 20 Paul Derbyshire, 21 Tobias Botes, 22 Luciano Orquera , 23 Gonzalo Garcia.