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Castro captains Italy in USA

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Martin Castrogiovanni will captain Italy for a second time in the final Test of the season against the USA Eagles in Houston, Texas, on Saturday.

Leicester Tigers favourite Castrogiovanni led Italy to a 25-16 victory over Canada in Toronto last Friday evening in his first outing as skipper.

Italy (v USA, Saturday)
15 Luke McLean (Benetton Treviso, 37 caps)
14 Giovanbattista Venditti (Aironi Rugby, 6 caps)
13 Roberto Quartaroli (Aironi Rugby, 4 caps)
12 Luca Morisi (Banca Monte Parma Crociati, 1 cap)
11 Tommaso Benvenuti (Benetton Treviso, 19 caps)
10 Riccardo Bocchino (Estra I Cavalieri Prato, 13 caps)
9 Edoardo Gori (Benetton Treviso, 15 caps)
1 Alberto De Marchi (Aironi Rugby, 1 cap)
2 Carlo Festuccia (Banca Monte Parma Crociati, 53 caps)
3 Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester Tigers, 87 caps) (c)
4 Antonio Pavanello (Benetton Treviso, 9 caps)
5 Joshua Furno (Aironi Rugby, 4 caps)
6 Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Treviso, 65 caps)
7 Mauro Bergamasco (Aironi Rugby, 91 caps)
8 Robert Barbieri (Benetton Treviso, 23 caps)
16 Davide Giazzon (Femi-CZ Vea Rovigo, 1 cap)
17 Michele Rizzo (Benetton Treviso, 4 caps)
18 Simone Favaro (Aironi Rugby, 11 caps)
19 Tommaso D’Apice (Aironi Rugby, 9 caps)
20 Tito Tebaldi (Aironi Rugby, 15 caps)
21 Kristopher Burton (Benetton Treviso, 16 caps)
22 Alberto Sgarbi (Benetton Treviso, 19 caps)