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One change from Di Giandomenico for Italy’s clash with France

One change from Di Giandomenico for Italy’s clash with France
  • Only change for Azzurre sees Veronica Madia get the nod to start at fly-half
  • Beatrice Rigoni is moved to inside centre with Jessica Busato dropping to the bench
  • Wing Sofia Stefan is set to win her 50th international cap

Italy Women have made just one change ahead of their final 2019 Women’s Six Nations match against France on Sunday.

Coach Andrea Di Giandomenico has opted to call up Veronica Madia to start at fly-half at Stadio Plebiscito.

That means Beatrice Rigoni is moved from the No.10 jersey to inside centre with Jessica Busato dropping to the bench.

If Italy pick up the win on home soil then they could leapfrog France to finish second and complete a stellar campaign.

A victory would see the Azzurre continue to build on their impressive Women’s Six Nations record in 2019 having beaten Scotland and Ireland and drawn with Wales in the opening three rounds before a 55-0 loss to England at Sandy Park last time out.

The fixture against France will be a special one for wing Sofia Stefan who is set to win her 50th international cap since her debut against the same opposition in 2011.

 

Italy Women’s team to face France Women

15. Manuela Furlan (c) (Iniziative Villorba Rugby)
14. Aura Muzzo (Iniziative Villorba Rugby)
13. Michela Sillari (Rugby Colorno)
12. Beatrice Rigoni (Valsugana R. Padova)
11. Sofia Stefan (Valsugana Rugby Padova)
10. Veronica Madia (Rugby Colorno)
9. Sara Barattin (Iniziative Villorba Rugby)

1. Gaia Giacomoli (Rugby Colorno)
2. Melissa Bettoni (Stade Rennais)
3. Lucia Gai (Valsugana Rugby Padova)
4. Valentina Ruzza (Valsugana R. Padova)
5. Giordana Duca (UR Capitolina)
6. Ilaria Arrighetti (Stade Rennais)
7. Giada Franco (Rugby Colorno)
8. Elisa Giordano (Valsugana Rugby Padova)

Replacements

16. Lucia Cammarano (Belve Rugby Nero Verdi)
17. Silvia Turani (Rugby Colorno)
18. Sara Tounesi (Rugby Colorno)
19. Valeria Fedrighi (Stade Toulousain)
20. Francesca Sberna (Kawasaki Robot Calvisano)
21. Jessica Busato (Iniziative Villorba Rugby)
22. Maria Magatti (CUS Milano)
23. Camilla Sarasso (Biella Rugby Club)