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Rigoni at ten for Italy Women against England

Rigoni at ten for Italy Women against England

Beatrice Rigoni will switch to fly-half as one of two changes made by Italy Women for their top-of-the-table clash with England in the Women’s Six Nations at Sandy Park.

The Azzurre are currently unbeaten after three games, and head to Exeter to take on leaders England, with Rigoni moving from centre to fly-half as Jessica Busato comes into the side.

The only other change to the starting XV, which will be captained by Manuela Furlan, sees Federico Ruzza come in for Valeria Fedrighi in the second row.

For coach Andrea Di Giandomenico, there is no question the current position of the side is an added motivation.

He said: “It’s exciting to read the table today. It motivates us to continue on the path we are on. At the same time, we realise that we have an extremely difficult task ahead of us. Until now, we have been able to work focusing on our own performance and we are satisfied.

“England are extremely effective and powerful up front. They have three-quarters who are very quick but also physical, and they can vary the game with their kicking game and through the hands.

It will be important to put pressure on their defence, denying them space and time while being consistent in the set-piece.”

There are a couple of changes on the bench for Italy, with Maria Magatti back fit and set to make an impact as cover for the outside backs, while Francesca Sgorbini could make her debut off the bench.

Italy Women’s team

15. Manuela Furlan (c)
14. Aura Muzzo
13. Michela Sillari
12. Jessica Busato
11. Sofia Stefan
10. Beatrice Rigoni
9. Sara Barattin

1. Gaia Giacomoli
2. Melissa Bettoni
3. Lucia Gai
4. Valentina Ruzza
5. Giordana Duca
6. Ilaria Arrighetti
7. Giada Franco
8. Elisa Giordano


16. Lucia Cammarano
17. Silvia Turani
18. Sara Tounesi
19. Valeria Fedrighi
20. Francesca Sberna
21. Francesca Sgorbini
22. Maria Magatti
23. Camilla Sarasso