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Castro lines up against Japan

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Prop Martin Castrogiovanni has been named in the Italy side to face Japan in a World Cup warm-up match on Saturday.

The Guinness Premiership Player of the Year ended last season early due to injury, but has recovered in time to be named in Italy's 30-man squad for the World Cup next month.

After Saturday's game, Italy complete their preparations with a trip to Belfast to take on Ireland on August 24.

Italy are in Group C at the World Cup and face New Zealand, Romania, Portugal and Scotland.

Italy: 15 David Bortolussi (Montpellier), 14 Kaine Robertson (Arix Viadana), 13 Gonzalo Canale (Clermont Auvergne), 12 Mirco Bergamasco (Stade Français), 11 Marko Stanojevic (Cammi Calvisano), 10 Ramiro Pez (Bayonne), 9 Alessandro Troncon (Clermont Auvergne);  1 Andrea Lo Cicero (Metro-Racing Parigi), 2 Carlo Festuccia (Metro-Racing Parigi), 3 Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester Tigers), 4 Santiago Dellapè (Biarritz Olympique), 5 Marco Bortolami (Gloucester, captain), 6 Alessandro Zanni (Cammi Calvisano), 7 Mauro Bergamasco (Stade Français), 8 Sergio Parisse (Stade Français).
Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini (Cammi Calvisano), 17 Salvatore Perugini (Stade Toulousain), 18 Valerio Bernabò (Brive), 19 Manoa Vosawai (Overmach Cariparma), 20 Pablo Canavosio (Castres), 21 Andrea Masi (Biarritz Olympique), 22 Roland De Marigny (Cammi Calvisano).