February 12, 2016 / 4:06 PM / 2 years ago

McLean returns at fullback for Italy

(Reuters) - Luke McClean returns at fullback in Italy’s only change to their starting side for Sunday’s home Six Nations match against England.

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McClean replaces David Odiete who has a neck problem, with Andrea Pratichetti taking his place on the bench.

Uncapped Abraham Steyn comes in for Dries van Schalkwyk as back-row cover, while Edoardo Padovani replaces Kelly Haimona as the back-up flyhalf.

Italy, who have never beaten England, gave a credible display in losing their tournament opener 23-21 to France in Paris on Saturday.

Italy team: 15. Luke McLean, 14. Leonardo Sarto, 13. Michele Campagnaro, 12. Gonzalo Garcia, 11. Mattia Bellini,

10. Carlo Canna, 9. Edoardo Gori; 1. Andrea Lovotti, 2 Ornel Gega, 3. Lorenzo Cittadini, 4. George Fabio Biagi, 5. Marco Fuser, 6. Francesco Minto, 7. Alessandro Zanni, 8. Sergio Parisse

Replacements: 16. Davide Giazzon, 17. Matteo Zanusso, 18. Martin Castrogiovanni, 19. Valerio Bernabo, 20. Abraham Steyn, 21. Guglielmo Palazzani, 22. Kelly Haimona, 23. Andrea Pratichetti

Reporting by Justin Palmer, editing by Ed Osmond

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