Sergio Parisse back to captain Italy against England in Six Nations

• Italy No8 one of three changes for final Six Nations round
• Prop Alberto De Marchi replaced by Zebre's Matías Agüero

Sergio Parisse returns to captain Italy in their final Six Nations match against England at a sold-out Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday.

The Azzurri No8 missed last weekend's 46-7 defeat by Ireland in Dublin with a thigh injury. He is one of three changes made by the Italy coach, Jacques Brunel, to his starting XV.

Alberto De Marchi drops to the bench and is replaced by Zebre's Matías Agüero at loosehead prop. The Treviso prop Lorenzo Cittadini comes in for the injured Martin Castrogiovanni. Robert Barbieri shifts back to the flanker position having taken Parisse's role as No8 against Ireland, leaving Paul Derbyshire to drop to the bench.

Also on the bench, Brunel has included the uncapped Zebre player George Biagi as cover in the second-row. Italy have lost all of their games in the competition so far and have never beaten England.

The Azzurri lost 19-15 to England in Rome two years ago and kept England from scoring a try in an 18-11 defeat at Twickenham in the last edition.

Italy team to face England

L McLean (Treviso), A Esposito (Treviso), M Campagnaro (Treviso), G Garcia (Zebre), L Sarto (Zebre), L Orquera (Zebre), T Tebaldi (Ospreys), M Agüero (Zebre), L Ghiraldini (Treviso), L Cittadini (Treviso), Q Geldenhuys (Zebre), M Bortolami (Zebre), J Furno (Biarritz), R Barbieri (Treviso), S Parisse (Stade Francais).

Replacements: D Giazzon (Zebre), M Rizzo (Treviso), A De Marchi (Treviso), G Biagi (Zebre), P Derbyshire (Treviso), E Gori (Treviso), T Allan (Perpignan), A Masi (Wasps). © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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