November 22, 2018 / 1:59 PM / 6 months ago

UPDATE 1-Rugby-One change as Italy look to put best foot forward

* One injury enforced change for Italy (adds details, quotes)

ROME, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Wing Luca Sperandio has been drafted in for the injured Mattia Bellini in the only change to Italy’s side for their meeting with world champions New Zealand in Rome on Saturday.

Coach Conor O’Shea kept faith with the side that lost 26-7 to Australia in Padua last weekend, where Bellini scored Italy’s only try.

“A great challenge awaits us against the current world champions. We must have the same approach against Australia in the field,” O’Shea told a news conference.

“We want to end the November test matches with a good performance playing our best rugby.”

Italy have lost to Ireland and Australia this month but did beat Georgia 28-17 in Florence, where Sperandio started the match.

The All Blacks have won all 13 previous tests between the two countries.

Team: 15-Jayden Hayward, 14-Tommaso Benvenuti, 13-Michele Campagnaro, 12-Tommaso Castello, 11-Luca Sperandio, 10-Tommaso Allan, 9-Tito Tebaldi, 8-Braam Steyn, 7-Jake Polledri, 6-Sebastian Negri, 5-Dean Budd, 4-Alessandro Zanni, 3-Simone Ferrari, 2-Leonardo Ghiraldini (captain), 1-Andrea Lovotti

Replacements: 16-Luca Bigi, 17-Cherif Traore, 18-Tiziano Pasquali, 19-Marco Fuser, 20-Johan Meyer, 21-Guglielmo Palazzani, 22-Luca Morisi, 23-Edoardo Padovani. (Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Keith Weir)

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