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Castro to face All Blacks

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Martin Castrogiovanni will switch his attention from the Springboks to the All Blacks after being named in the Italy team to face New Zealand this weekend.

The Leicester Tigers prop was part of an immense performance by the Tigers pack in last Friday’s win over South Africa and he takes the No3 shirt for Saturday’s Test which is being played in front of 80,000 supporters in Milan’s San Siro.

Castrogiovanni missed Italy’s last encounter with the All Blacks, a 27-6 defeat in Christchurch in June

Italy: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Kaine Robertson, 13 Gonzalo Canale, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10 Craig Gower, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 1 Salvatore Perugini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 4 Carlo Antonio Del Fava, 5 Quintin Geldenhuys, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 7 Mauro Bergamasco, 8 Sergio Parisse. Replacements: 16 Fabio Ongaro, 17 Ignacio Rouyet, 18 Antonio Pavanello, 19 Simone Favaro, 20 Simon Picone, 21 Kristopher Burton, 22 Alberto Sgarbi