Italy to launch Garbisi into the deep end
On the Italian side, Franco Smith has also decided to bring some fresh blood to his starting XV. At only 20 years old, the opening half of Benetton Treviso Paolo Garbisi will start on the lawn of the Aviva Stadium and will form the hinge of the Squadra Azzurra with Marcello Violi. Two rookies will also be on the sidelines with hooker Gianmarco Licchesi and three-quarter center Federico Mori who will come into play during the meeting for their first selection.
The starting XV of Ireland
Stockdale – Conway, Ringrose, Aki, Keenan – (o) Sexton, (m) Murray – Connors, Stander, Doris – J. Ryan, Beirne – Porter, Herring, Healy
The replacements: Heffernan, E.Byrne, Bealham, Dillane, O’Mahony, Gibson-Park, R.Byrne, Henshaw
The starting XV of Italy
Hayward – Padovani, Morisi, Canna, Bellini – (o) Garbisi, (m) Violi – Steyn, Polledri, Negri – Cannone, Lazzaroni – Zilocchi, Bigi, Fischetti
The replacements: Lucchesi, Ferrari, Ceccarelli, Sisi, Meyer, Mbanda, Braley, Mori